Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff Marc Short described House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic party co-conspirators impeachment campaign a “political exercise,” and predicted Pelosi will be the first to cave on her choice of strategy.
Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” Short said Pelosi’s position of withholding the two articles of impeachment to dictate how the Senate proceeds “is really untenable.”
“She will yield, there’s no way she can hold this position,” he would later suggest.
Democrats are trying to force Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to allow for more witnesses, which he’s balking at, effectively asking why he should have to clean up Pelosi’s “shoddy work.”
Short said, “If her case is so airtight that she said, that she had to ram it through and it’s undeniable, why does she need more witnesses to make her case?”
Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., appeared later on the show to say she’s not sure what the House’s time frame will be in sending the articles to the Senate.
Citing the timeline when President Bill Clinton was impeached, Dingell noted that the House didn’t appoint managers then until after the holiday break, on Jan. 6 — Clinton was impeached on Dec. 19, 1998.
“Did you really think the United States Senate was going to start this trial before Jan. 6?” she asked.
Fox News host Chris Wallace confronted Short over whether President Trump really thinks that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election, citing a Washington Post report that the Trump White House “threatened a presidential veto that could have led to a government shutdown if House Democrats refused to drop language requiring prompt release of future military aid for Ukraine.”
(The language was ultimately left out of massive $1.4 trillion spending bill passed last week by Congress.)
“I know there were separation of power issues there,” Wallace said. “But does President Trump still believe that it was Ukraine, not Russia, that interfered in the 2016 election.”
“It doesn’t have to be an either/or. It can be both,” Short replied.
Wallace would press on whether the president believes Ukraine interfered, though it’s not clear why he’d be asking the vice president’s chief of staff what the president is thinking — outside of the pursuit of contradictions.
“He thinks we should at least investigate it,” Short said. “Go back to 2016, I know this is inconvenient for a lot of people in mainstream media but when Russia interfered in our election, Barack Obama was president and Joe Biden was vice president. And Joe Biden himself said he was in charge of Ukraine policy, and his son is getting between $50- and 80,000 a month to serve on a board where he has no experience whatsoever.”
“So the question is why shouldn’t we investigate it?” Short continued. “It seemed like we could never get enough investigation of foreign interference in our elections for three years, but as soon as the president asks for it, it’s like, ‘Hey, we must impeach him.’”
Many of the same media sources that propped up the discredited Russian dossier cite intelligence sources who say there was no concern about interference from Ukraine — never mind a clear bias against Trump in the intelligence community.”
Wallace would also cite former National Security Council official Fiona Hill saying the Ukraine interference claims were “Kremlin disinformation.”
Short stressed that just because Russia interfered doesn’t mean others didn’t as well, which prompted Wallace to again pointed to Hill, as if her word carried more weight than that of the president of the United States.
Dingell gained relevance when the president referenced her late husband at a rally last week the night House Democrats voted to impeach Trump, questioning whether John Dingell was looking up or down from his final resting place.
“How do you explain the president making a comment that hurt her so deeply — you talk about Christmas, this’ll be her first Christmas in 38 years without her husband — and why won’t he apologize?” Wallace asked Short, who’s not a Trump spokesman.
Short responded by pointing out that Dingell “was not exactly a wallflower.”
“Chris, I’m sorry that she’s hurting and I’m sorry, and I certainly wish her the best as she deals with the circumstances,” he said. “I think that our administration respects the service of John Dingell… We respect his service to our country in Congress and we respect her service to our country following her husband in Congress.”
“I’m sorry that she’s in this circumstance today, but, you know, in light of where we were on Wednesday night, I think the president’s saying John Dingell was not exactly a wallflower,” Short continued. “John Dingell called the president ‘imbecile’ in his closing months. John Dingell himself as well had a lot of critical comments about the president, yet he took time to call Debbie Dingell, to express his personal condolences on the passing. He lowered flags to half-mast.”
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