In a public letter addressed to House Judiciary Committee chair Jerry Nadler, ranking member Doug Collins, a Republican, warned Friday that Nadler and his fellow Democrats better watch their mouth at their widely mocked upcoming hearing on so-called “counterintelligence implications.”
Though the hearing appears to be nothing but a “mock-impeachment inquiry,” Collins wrote, it’s not an actual impeachment hearing. Therefore, certain rules must be followed.
“Outside of impeachment proceedings — which is clearly the case here — it is out of order for a Member of Congress, in debate, to engage in personalities with the President or express an opinion, even a third-party opinion, accusing the President of a crime. The Rules are clear on this point,” he explained.
To “engage in personalities” is to essentially ridicule and slander.
Monday’s hearing inevitably sets our committee on a collision course with the longstanding Rules of the House. https://t.co/2qj13FMaTa
— Rep. Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) June 7, 2019
“This appears to be part of a strategy to turn the Committee’s oversight hearings into a mock-impeachment inquiry rather than a legitimate exercise in congressional oversight,” his letter continued, referencing the multiple “intelligence” and “counter-intelligence” hearings Democrats plan to hold in the upcoming weeks.
“Conducting such hearings inevitably sets this Committee on a collision course with the longstanding Rules of the House, which you have apparently alluded to as recently as this week.”
How so? House rules prohibit indecent behavior, and unfortunately, the mere mention of President Donald Trump is known to turn the most seemingly genteel Democrats into potty-mouthed monsters.
“While all Members are vulnerable to the occasional excited utterance, several Majority Members of this Committee have turned making unparliamentary comments into a sport. The following comprise several examples from just this past month,” Collins continued.
In early May one majority member described the president as a “pathetic person,” another majority member accused the president of turning the government “into a moneymaking operation” and another majority member accused the president of hiding the truth.
All this happened in one day, and all three statements were violations of House rules.
“Jefferson’s Manual states any suggestion of mendacity is out-of-order. This includes suggestions the President misrepresented the truth, attempted to obstruct justice, or encouraged others to perjure themselves,” Collins wrote, citing a guidebook for parliamentary procedures.
Learn more about this important guidebook via the video below:
Written by Thomas Jefferson, the guidebook/manual makes it clear that members of Congress may not lodge personal attacks against the president, ridicule the president, accuse the president of lying, question the president’s patriotism, etc.
“This is but a small sampling of unparliamentary remarks left unaddressed during Committee business over the past month,” Collins continued. “This signals a concerning departure from the norms that have governed dignified debate in the House since its early days.”
“Members who continuously assault the Rules should be reprimanded. The rules of decorum exist for a reason; it is unbecoming for Members of the Committee on the Judiciary Committee to make personal attacks against the President’s character.”
To be clear, House Democrats are never reprimanded for anything. More often than not they wind up being rewarded for their poor behavior.
Even the title of the hearing — “Lessons from the Mueller Report: Presidential Obstruction and Other Crimes” — is suspect, Collins added.
Chairman JERRY NADLER, under pressure to act, announces series of Judiciary hearings on Mueller report. First up:
“Lessons from the Mueller Report: Presidential Obstruction and Other Crimes,” on June 10 with fmr Nixon White House counsel John Dean https://t.co/CqGEFzCDy1
— Scott Wong (@scottwongDC) June 3, 2019
“[T]he title of this hearing, if read during debate, would tread alarmingly close to the prohibition against engaging in personalities against the President due to its mere suggestion the President committed ‘obstruction [of justice] and other crimes,'” he noted.
“I hope this letter sheds light on the Rules governing this Committee’s proceedings — Rules you are obligated to enforce. Should you choose to forego your obligation to enforce the Rules and ensure the Committee conducts itself in a dignified manner, please know those transgressions will not go unnoticed or unremarked upon by Republican Members.”
The hearing has faced mockery over what it’s slated to contain and what it’s not slated to contain. The man of the hour himself, special counsel Robert Mueller, will not be in attendance. Yet “washed-up” Watergate figure John Dean will be present for reasons that remain unclear.
“John Dean, the star and witness in Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal. That was 47 years ago. He has absolutely nothing, zero, to offer as it relates to the Mueller report, or frankly, any of the issues that are at hand here. Nothing. He has no expertise on Russian election hacking,” FNC host Sean Hannity correctly noted in his “Hannity” monologue last Tuesday.
And oh, Dean currently works at a contributor at CNN, a network whose entire agenda revolves around ridiculing and slandering the president on a daily (if not hourly) basis.
The House Intelligence Committee plans to hold its own unethically named hearing Wednesday titled “Lessons from the Mueller Report: Counterintelligence Implications of Volume 1.”
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 at 9 AM:
The House Intelligence Committee will hold an OPEN hearing:
“Lessons from the Mueller Report: Counterintelligence Implications of Volume 1”
More info: https://t.co/MbGGZA7tSb
— House Intelligence Committee (@HouseIntel) June 7, 2019
Despite numerous polls showing that the American people want congressional Democrats to drop the Russia, Russia, Russia narrative, chairman Adam Schiff remains forever obsessed just like Nadler.
“Since the release of the Mueller report, the American public has learned much about the President’s conduct, his campaign’s interactions with Russia and that nation’s interference in our election and affairs,” he said in a statement regarding the committee’s upcoming hearing.
“The evidence has been both criminal and non-criminal, and implicated deep counterintelligence concerns over the potential compromise of U.S. persons. Our Committee’s goal will be to explain to the American people the serious counterintelligence concerns raised by the Mueller Report, examine the depth and breadth of the unethical and unpatriotic conduct it describes, and produce prescriptive remedies to ensure that this never happens again. That is a tall task, but it begins with a detailed focus on the facts laid out in the Special Counsel’s report.”
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