Amid Democratic lawmakers’ push for the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, House Republicans have risen to combat the biased nature and lack of transparency in the investigation.
“You have a better chance of getting a fair justice system in China than you do in Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi’s movement here inside the House,” House Minority Leader McCarthy (D-Calif.) said on Wednesday, Oct. 16, during an appearance on “Fox & Friends.”
“They have a known liar, Adam ‘Shifty’ [Schiff],” McCarthy continued, condemning the chair of the House Intelligence Committee who is also a key player in leading the committee’s investigations of Trump. “He’s the Americans’ window into their attempt to remove this president.”
“There is no reason for impeachment. The Democrats know it. That’s why they don’t have it in an open committee,” McCarthy said. “That’s why they have it in a closed committee.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has seen much criticism from GOP representatives for failing to hold a formal vote on launching the impeachment inquiry as this goes against recent precedent, Newsweek reports.
President Trump said in a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Wednesday that Pelosi has “done the country a great disservice” by opening an impeachment probe over an “absolutely perfect” phone call.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy himself denied of any wrongdoing on either side, saying “There was no blackmail” in the phone call.
The purpose of the conversation, according to Zelenskiy, was to simply arrange a meeting with Trump, and there were no “conditions” from the American side, according to BBC News.
White House attorney Pat Cipollone wrote a letter to Democrats last week explaining why the Trump administration refused to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry.
“In the history of our nation, the House of Representatives has never attempted to launch an impeachment inquiry against the president without a majority of the House taking political accountability for that decision by voting to authorize such a dramatic constitutional step,” Cipollone said in writing.
Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) called Schiff out for having “abused the rules of the House” on Wednesday, condemning him for holding depositions behind closed doors and limiting the minority’s power over the proceedings, according to WBFF News.
“He’s made a mockery of this system and tried to demean the institution. It’s time to hold him accountable,” Biggs said.
Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) stressed that Republicans should be permitted to follow precedent of conducting a House vote before following through with impeachment.
“When you look ahead and you look at what the Democrats are doing right now, they announced an impeachment inquiry without following any of the precedent that’s been set by approving that inquiry through the House that’s happened the last three times impeachment has happened,” Rodney said. “We have got to be able to follow that precedent.”
Davis also pointed out that holding a vote gives the American public much-needed transparency on the impeachment battle, too.
“I think the American people deserve to know where each and every member of Congress stands on this issue,” Davis said.
Democrats contemplated holding a formal floor vote on the impeachment investigation at a caucus meeting Tuesday night but Pelosi dismissed the idea.
“There’s no requirement that we have a vote, and at this time, we will not have a vote,” Pelosi told reporters after the meeting, WBFF News reports.