House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), during a press conference on Thursday, Oct. 17, blew off a question about closed-door impeachment proceedings led by House Democrats against President Donald Trump.
“On the USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement) you just said a short time ago that you are making progress everyday. Leader McConnell has charged in recent days, as has the president, that ‘Speaker Pelosi is still blocking the USMCA because Democrats’ impeachment obsession is blocking urgent work for Americans,'” Cheddar Inc.’s Washington reporter J.D. Durkin said.
“What is happening behind closed doors?” he asked. “Are there ways for Democrats to better convey good faith progress to prevent Republican leaders and the president from charging you are trying to block this?”
Pelosi dismissed the question about impeachment transparency, calling it “Republican talking points.” She then continued to address the progress on the USMCA instead.
Three house committees are investigating President Donald Trump’s alleged push to have the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy conduct a probe that could benefit President Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign.
The Trump administration refused to comply with its “illegitimate proceedings,” which are being conducted in a manner that “violates fundamental fairness and constitutionally mandated due process.”
Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.), a member of the House Committee on House Oversight and Government Reform, charged Democrats with a lack of transparency and accused them of working in secret.
“It’s not working. So we’ll see. We’ll see what they come up with and I think it’s going to be nothing,” Higgins said to the Gray Washington News Bureau.
Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) said Democrats “are making a big, big mistake doing this closed doors and not letting the American people evaluate the evidence,” reported the Daily Caller.
“Well, I don’t blame the president for being upset about the process,” he added. “Number one it’s not open. Number two, the minority senators don’t have any rights in terms of being able to call in their own witnesses. Number three, the president is not even being allowed to meet his accuser, the whistleblower. Number four, the president or his lawyers are not even being allowed to cross-examine the witnesses. Number five, the House hasn’t even taken a vote to launch an impeachment proceeding. Number six, it’s all being done behind closed doors. I mean, I don’t get it.”
Pelosi and Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday, Oct. 16, announced that they will not be holding a full House vote to formally authorize the impeachment inquiry, which President Trump and House Republicans have continued to call for.