Oops? Pelosi Defends Impeaching Trump… Over Russia
First there was Russiagate, and then Ukrainegate, and then….. Russiagate?
Despite an investigation from the FBI that later morphed into Robert Mueller’s special council finding nothing, the Russia narrative lives on. Last month the House Judiciary Committee reportedly told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Columbia Circuit that they wanted former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify, because he “could reveal that Trump obstructed justice in the Russia investigation.” The House Intel Committee, meanwhile, says they’ll revisit the Russia investigation after impeachment.
There isn’t anything to revisit – but they know very well that the mainstream media will eat up any supposed “bombshell” they produce (that always end up fizzling within 24-hours). As the cliche goes – Their lies will get halfway around the world before the truth gets out of bed.
Even Pelosi is in agreement – or at least had a Freudian slip that indicated as much. At her news conference today announcing the impeachment trail’s managers, she said “This is about the Constitution of the United States and it’s important for the president to know, and Putin to know, that voters in America should decide who our president is, not Putin and Russia.”
What does Putin have to do with the current impeachment saga? Absolutely nothing – but it’s clearly on Pelosi’s mind. Watch below:
Speaker Pelosi: "This is about the Constitution of the United States and it's important for the president to know, and Putin to know, that voters in America should decide who our president is, not Putin and Russia." pic.twitter.com/10epi07gQi
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) January 15, 2020
As for the impeachment trail’s managers, Pelosi picked seven, all of whom are Democrats.
JUST IN: Speaker Nancy Pelosi names impeachment managers –>
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)
Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY)
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)
Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO)
Rep. Val Demings (D-FL)
Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-TX)https://t.co/tp3RkGu1gb pic.twitter.com/U8arQwYmk7
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) January 15, 2020
If the impeachment of President Donald Trump looks like a witch hunt – that’s because it is.
As I noted last month, the evidence proves that this is the most partisan impeachment inquiry in America’s history. When the House voted on two articles of impeachment, the results of which were essentially a party line vote with minor exceptions. Every single Republican voted against impeachment (including one who accidentally voted yes, then corrected his vote), while Democrats had three defectors. New Jersey Democrat Jeff Van Drew (who is switching to Republican) voted no on both articles of impeachment, as did Minnesota’s Collin Peterson. Maine’s Jared Golden voted yes on the “abuse of power” article but no on “obstruction.” Democrat Tulsi Gabbard voted “present,” while Republican turned Independent Justin Amash voted for impeachment.
In stark contrast, during the Clinton impeachment five Democrats voted in favor of three of the four articles of impeachment, and it was thanks to dozens of Republicans that two of them died. In the end two articles passed – the perjury charge was approved 228-206, and the obstruction of justice charge 221-212. The abuse of power article was shot down because 81 Republicans voted against it, and 28 voted against the civil perjury charge. During the impeachment of Richard Nixon, over a third of Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee joined the Democrats to approve three articles of impeachment.
That all aside, Democrats are still going to lose in the Senate regardless.