Pointed commentary on the impeachment inquiry appeared to validate a senior Republican congressman’s view the investigation could have stemmed from a former Democratic presidential candidate’s failed bid for the presidency at the last election.
Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (D) has repeatedly vented on social media about President Donald Trump and the investigation, in what appeared to support the Democratic Party’s attempts to overturn the outcome of the 2016 general election.
“We must defend our democracy,” she recently said in support of the impeachment inquiry on Twitter. “The painful truth is that the occupant of the Oval Office is waging war against it.”
She appeared to echo the views of House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).
“In the United States of America, no one is above the law,” Clinton said on Twitter.
The former candidate also appeared to suggest the impeachment investigation managed to uncover reliable evidence against the incumbent president.
“Every American should read the evidence for themselves in the House’s impeachment inquiry report,” Clinton said on Twitter. “It catalogues ‘a months-long effort by President Trump to use the powers of his office to solicit foreign interference on his behalf in the 2020 election.’”
Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) had previously questioned the impartiality of House Democrats who led the investigation because the probe appeared to start not long after Clinton suffered a major voter swing against her at the last general election.
“[The impeachment] did not start with [former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert] Mueller, it did not start with a phone call,” Collins told the public hearing on Dec. 4 according to ABC News. “You know where this started? It started with tears in Brooklyn in November 2016, when an election was lost.”
Collins, who is a member of the House Judiciary Committee, believes Clinton’s shock defeat triggered the present-day impeachment hearings. He said the hearings reminded him of the last impeachment inquiry against her husband and then President Bill Clinton (D).
“This is where we are at today, so the interesting thing that I come to with almost everybody here is this may be a new time and place, and we may be all scrubbed up and looking pretty for impeachment,” he said.
He claimed the current impeachment investigation will fail to impeach the president and should not continue because Democrats are forcing the outcome of the presidential election to change in the party’s favor.
“This is not an impeachment, this is just a simple railroad job and today’s is just a waste of time because this is where we are at,” Collins said. “We are here [with] no plan, no fat win this is simply being a rubber stamp for what we have but hey, we have law professors here. What a start of a party.”
Trump used social media to express his dissatisfaction with the behavior of the Democratic Party and urged disillusioned voters to make their voices heard at the 2020 general election.
“Day after day, we are exposing the depravity, dishonesty, and sickness of the corrupt Washington establishment,” the president said on Twitter. “With your help, we are going to complete the mission and drain the swamp.”