Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) strongly questioned the Democratic opposition for its stance in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
In an interview with local media KPRC 2 Click2Houston, Brady explained that the process “has to be fair” and “bipartisan.”
He also explained that the hearings, which so far were behind closed doors in Democratic-dominated committees, should be opened to U.S. citizens.
“This has been a secret,” he said in a conversation with Houston Newsmakers reporter Khambrel Marshall.
Question: Is anything the President’s done worth overturning the will of the American public and the millions of voters who elected him?
— Rep. Kevin Brady (@RepKevinBrady) November 12, 2019
“This has been a very partisan secret impeachment inquiry (…) we didn’t even have a vote to make,” he added.
President Trump has been accused by Democratic lawmakers, who claim that he would have called Ukraine’s president to offer economic aid in exchange for the Ukrainian government investigating former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, who is his political rival in the 2020 elections.
However, the process that the Democrats have set in motion to try to remove the president presents irregularities that call into question its validity and constitutionality.
With regard to the Ukraine Case, the White House emphatically denied the accusations made against the president and published transcripts of conversations between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
The conversation shows that President Trump did not pressure or offer any kind of financial retribution to Ukraine to investigate the son of Joe Biden, who was involved in a case of corruption of the main gas company in the European country.
“It seems to me that this [impeachment inquiry] has been [created] for Democrats to harm the president for purely political reasons,” Brady said.
Brady argued that so far the Democrats only allowed witnesses called by themselves to appear.
In that sense he pointed to California Democrat Representative Adam Schiff, who is the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and who leads the impeachment inquiry.
“Chairman [Schiff] only chooses his witnesses,” he explained, detailing that “sometimes they aren’t even allowed to answer Republican questions.”
He indicated that the case shows many inconsistencies, for example, at first the Democrats said whistleblower should speak publicly and “now they are hiding him.”
“Now they’ve changed their minds (…) They’re hiding him. Look, if you have evidence and you have proof and you’re conducting a fair impeachment, why do it in secret? Why deny due process to both the president and the Republicans?” he asked.
“There is no crime that can be challenged,” he said.
The representative concluded by saying that the Democrats know they were wrong and that the impeachment inquiry was only driven so that President Trump would not be re-elected.
“The problem again is that the impeachment makes everything go away,” he added over the potential capacity that representatives of both parties are wasting when they could be working together to solve Americans’ problems.
“We have to put aside the residues of political judgment, which is a waste of time,” he said, citing as example that they could use the time to “really focus” on issues such as infrastructure and immigration.