“For never was a story of more woe than this…”
CNN’s Chris Cuomo demonstrated just how dramatic things have gotten for the left in the relentless pursuit of taking down President Donald Trump.
The latest on Democratic efforts to impeach Trump sent the CNN anchor into a full-blown Shakespeare rant during his closing remarks on “Cuomo Prime Time” Friday.
“I burned a lot of calories on this one,” Cuomo began, as he introduced a video clip of Democrats discussing an impeachment inquiry.
Did he mean “brain cells?”
“A little Shakespeare for your Friday night. What is in a name?” he asked, using a reference to William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet.
House Judiciary Democrats wrangled with semantics Friday, telling reporters they are already effectively conducting an impeachment inquiry with their investigation of Trump, even if they haven’t officially called it so. Asked by reporters if the committee’s ongoing investigation is the same thing as an impeachment inquiry, Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler replied, “In effect.”
“I think too much has been made of the phrase ‘impeachment inquiry,'” Nadler told reporters at a press conference Friday.
Nadler joined Judiciary Committee Democrats to announce that the committee was filing new lawsuits this week seeking redacted grand jury information from former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report and enforcing a subpoena for former White House counsel Don McGahn.
Nadler turns to the courts to nab Trump, on brink of defying Pelosi in pursuit of impeachment https://t.co/TqTjhXhTLm
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Cuomo told viewers Friday that, despite the “Romeo and Juliet allusions,” there is “nothing poetic about the play being made here.”
“However, just like in Romeo and Juliet, no matter how much you wish otherwise, what you call something matters,” Cuomo said.
“So, what’s going on here? The message seemed pretty clear in court documents today,” he added, reading a portion of the filing.
The committee… is investigating whether to recommend articles of impeachment and requires access to grand jury materials in furtherance of that investigation. Although the House has not considered a formal resolution structuring any particular proceedings by this committee, such a resolution is not a necessary predicate to consideration of articles of impeachment.
‘Soft. What light through yonder court pleading breaks,” the CNN host continued his Shakespearean references.
“They may not need the resolution, but then why not just call it what it is outside of court?” he asked. “Here’s a good reason: Speaker Pelosi does not seem to agree that Democrats are already in impeach inquiry mode.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was visibly agitated with an impeachment question at her weekly press conference Friday, when CNN’s Manu Raju asked “Are you running out the clock?” on impeachment.
“Let’s get sophisticated about this,” Pelosi replied.
“We will proceed when we have what we need to proceed, not one day sooner,” she said. “And everybody has the liberty and the luxury to espouse their own position and to criticize me for trying to go down the path in the most determined positive way.”
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“Sophisticated? I’m quotin’ Shakespeare here!” Cuomo quipped.
He noted that most House Democrats agree with Pelosi but the number of lawmakers getting on the impeachment bandwagon is growing. He also acknowledged, however, that most Americans are also not on board to impeach Trump “despite so much talk damning from Democrats what this president has done.”
But Cuomo argued that the contention is not “petty” and the wordplay by Democrats is “about being straight with people.”
“As in the play, the name carries a meaningful distinction,” he said, continuing his lesson using Shakespeare’s tragedy and noting that “legal experts” have said launching an overt inquiry could help speed things along by giving Congress additional “leverage.”
“So this seems to be about avoiding a vote on the floor to start an inquiry,” he said. “And it’s also a hedge against the real risk that the majority of the country might take an impeachment move as proof that Democrats are no better than the bully they see in the White House.”
“To stick with Willie, the voters may say ‘a plague on both your houses,'” he added, saying Democrats need to be “transparent” and “straightforward” so as to avoid meeting the same fate as the star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet who both die as a result of their own actions.