White House counselor Kellyanne Conway has accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of pursuing impeachment against President Donald Trump not because she genuinely supports impeachment but because she’s allowed herself to be bullied into submission by Democrat men.
“The main message is there are no high crimes and misdemeanors here,” she said while speaking to reporters outside of the White House late Friday afternoon. “People were talking about impeaching this president before he even got inaugurated. Now they’re getting their wish: Nancy Pelosi finally capitulated to her angry mob [of men].”
As proof, she cited the speaker’s own words.
“At 1 p.m. on Tuesday, she told the Atlantic Festival — pull it everyone — ‘No, no, we need an investigation first. We’re not close to impeachment. We need investigation first.’ A couple hours later, she does the worst thing a woman in power can do, which is she just changes her mind because the men around her said, ‘Change your mind. We need an impeachment.'”
“She did that without seeing the transcript of the call, the memo of the call,” the counselor added.
While being interviewed at the Atlantic Festival on Tuesday, Pelosi refused to provide a clear answer on whether or not she intended to pursue impeachment.
Asked whether the president’s alleged crimes even constituted “an impeachable offense,” the speaker demurred, going off on a lengthy, almost nonsensical rant about American history.
“[T]he fact is that I’ve tried to avoid the situation that we’re in now, because it was very divisive for the country,” her rant began. “This administration has done irreparable damage to our country. We must repair and we must heal. And to me … it’s about the arts.”
“I always believed that the arts would bring us together,” she continued. “When we can come together, listen, be inspired, laugh, cry, just enjoy and put our differences aside, that’s a very positive thing. And when we hear ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic,’ it arouses such emotion in all of us that we are united.”
After continuing to babble for 30 or so more seconds about Constitution Day and Benjamin Franklin, Pelosi finally started to address the actual question.
“On that very day last week, that Tuesday erupted this remarkable set of facts, on Constitution Day, and it was about the IG, Inspector General, at the office of the Director of National Intelligence saying that there was a whistleblower complaint,” she said. “And then we learned that it was going to be blocked from being presented and that the DNI was not going to allow it to come forward.”
“So let me just say this: I have more experience in intelligence than anybody in the Congress,” she said. “At least 25 years. I was a member of the committee. I was the top Democrat. I was the Adam Schiff. We didn’t have the majority, so I was a ranking member, but that made me a member of the gang of four years ago and then ex officio as leader and as speaker, so I have been there for the writing of the law.”
Both the question and her long-winded answer were based on a then-unsubstantiated, media-crafted conspiracy theory that President Donald Trump had, during a phone call over the summer, attempted to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into launching an investigation into 2020 contender former Vice President Joe Biden’s alleged corruption.
The theory was based on a then-unreleased complaint filed against the president by a partisan whistleblower. Only one aspect of the theory has since been confirmed: Trump did speak with Zelensky about Biden, though no pressure was exerted by him during the call. This was only confirmed after the president released a transcript of the call to the public on Wednesday.
Here’s the problem: A couple hours after Pelosi delivered her screed on Tuesday, she went on to launch a formal impeachment inquiry against the president.
This means that, as noted on Friday by Conway, the release of the transcript occurred a full day after Pelosi launched her impeachment inquiry. Which is to say that the speaker launched the impeachment inquiry prematurely, i.e., without all of the facts at her disposal. Why would she do that?
While Conway believes the speaker was pressured to action by Democrat men, the evidence suggests that some radical Democrat women may have played a role in the pressure as well.
Take socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Late last Saturday evening, she tweeted, “At this point, the bigger national scandal isn’t the president’s lawbreaking behavior — it is the Democratic Party’s refusal to impeach him for it.”
At this point, the bigger national scandal isn’t the president’s lawbreaking behavior – it is the Democratic Party’s refusal to impeach him for it.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 22, 2019
Less than 24 hours later, Pelosi issued a statement essentially declaring that impeachment would be back on the table unless the Trump administration complied with congressional requests for access to the whistleblower complaint.
“If the Administration persists in blocking this whistleblower from disclosing to Congress a serious possible breach of constitutional duties by the President, they will be entering a grave new chapter of lawlessness which will take us into a whole new stage of investigation,” she wrote.
Speaker Pelosi on Trump & his enablers blocking release of a whistleblower complaint to Congress, as required by law:
— We ❤️ and Trust Nancy Pelosi (@FriendsofNancyP) September 22, 2019
The whistleblower complaint was eventually released on Thursday, two days after Pelosi prematurely launched an impeachment inquiry against the president.
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