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On October 31, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will present a floor vote for a formal House hearing on ad-hoc chair Schiff’s impeachment ‘inquiry’. In a highly contentious move, instead of a special committee, Pelosi authorized the House Intelligence, Government Oversight and Foreign Relations committees to investigate the impeachment of a sitting, duly elected American President.
This was done in secret, in a star-chamber in the basement of the Capitol building without House minority Republicans able to question, without the President’s counsel able to cross-examine…without any due process. What is done in secret comes from darkness…Spectacle for a real spook show…
So, a House vote will now go on record. With over 40 House Dems running for re-election in districts that Donald Trump won in 2016, Americans will finally know who to keep in D.C. as their representatives and who to send home.
And – equally important – Doug Collins (R-GA) of the House Judiciary can begin calling witnesses into chambers for a clear, visible, transparent questioning. Their first witness? Adam Schiff.
At issue, two sentences from the actual transcript already made public by the White House regarding a phone call between President Trump and Ukraine’s President, Zelensky: “There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the AG would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it…It sounds horrible to me.”
What’s all this claptrap about? A perceived overreach by our Executive branch, our Commander in Chief, our sitting President.
Here’s what Trump did: He asked Zelensky for an investigation into possible corruption. In 1999 the U.S. and Ukraine signed a treaty for their law enforcement to cooperate.
Here’s what Trump didn’t do: He didn’t ask Zelensky to dig up dirt or help with our 2020 re-election campaign.
Finally, in the light of day, with Republicans now able to do transparent investigating, Americans will be able to see and decide for themselves. Trick or treat?
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