Ranking House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) said Democrats have already begun impeachment proceedings against President Trump.
Speaking with Fox Business host Lou Dobbs last night, Jordan explained that Chairman Jerrold Nadler’s plan to have Judiciary Committee staff ask questions Attorney General William Barr was a way to begin impeachment proceedings.
“…We have to understand the Democrats have already started impeachment proceedings, they’re just not calling it that. And the reason they’re not calling it that is because they know it is not justified and they know the American people don’t want it. But that is what they are doing and that’s why they want the staff to ask Bill Barr questions because that is how it works in the impeachment process. So, that’s what they’re trying to do.”
Jordan also said Barr should not appear at Thursday’s Judiciary Committee hearing if Nadler insists on changing the questioning format.
“…Bill Barr shouldn’t come,” he said. “Look, you can’t the Attorney General for the last three weeks like Democrats have done and then change the format in the last few days like they are trying to do. And expect the Attorney General to show up. Let the members ask the questions if they’re willing to do it the way its always done. Bill Barr will be there. If they’re not, he shouldn’t show up. And I’m 100% for him not showing up if they don’t do it the right way.
Attorney General Barr has threatened not to show up at the hearing after Nadler proposed that Judiciary Committee staff question him.
CNN reports that Nadler is moving forward with his plan and has scheduled a committee vote today to allow an extra hour at tomorrow’s hearing for “members or staff” to question Barr during that extra hour.
“There is no middle ground,” Nadler said. “It’s none of the business of a witness to try to dictate try to a congressional committee what our procedures for questioning him are.”