House GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney representing Wyoming, on Nov. 1 called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), to immediately release the full transcripts of all depositions related to impeachment.
Cheney sent a letter to Pelosi that she do her duty “to the Constitution and the American people.”
“Despite the vote in the House on October 31, House Democrats continue to conduct the partisan effort to impeach the President in secret. Your duty to the Constitution and the American people, as well as fundamental fairness, requires that you immediately release the full transcripts of all depositions taken since you pronounced the beginning of an impeachment inquiry on September 24, 2019,” Cheney wrote.
The House on Oct. 31 approved Resolution 660, which sets the “ground rules” for the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry into the president’s diplomatic dealings with Ukraine.
Cheney also asked Adam Schiff to immediately end the selective leaking of records.
“The selective leaking in which the House Intelligence Committee has been engaged must end immediately and the full and complete record must be provided for the American people to see,” she added.
Moreover, Cheney required all members of the House be supplied copies of the full transcripts to avoid any redactions.
“In addition, to the extent that you make any redactions in any of the transcripts, all Members of the House must be supplied copies of the full and unredacted transcripts, as provided for in House Rule XI, Clause 2(e)(2)(A),” she concluded.
— Rep. Liz Cheney (@RepLizCheney) November 2, 2019
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) also urged Pelosi to release the transcripts of the depositions immediately.
“I’ve attended several hours of the secret depositions as a member of @GOPoversight cmte. Unfortunately, most of my colleagues and all of the media must rely on leaks to form their opinions,” he tweeted.
I’ve attended several hours of the secret depositions as a member of @GOPoversight cmte.
Unfortunately, most of my colleagues and all of the media must rely on leaks to form their opinions.
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) November 2, 2019
Meanwhile, Pelosi claimed on Thursday that she and the House are “defending the Constitution.”
“When we came to Congress, we all proudly raised our hands to support and defend the Constitution. That’s what today’s vote was about. In these open hearings we will seek the truth and ensure the American people can see it for themselves,” she tweeted.
But Cheney reacted to Pelosi on the House floor by saying, “House Democrats can’t fix the tainted record of their secretive impeachment efforts by suddenly pretending that they’re now opening them up.”
House Democrats can’t fix the tainted record of their secretive impeachment efforts by suddenly pretending that they’re now opening them up. pic.twitter.com/HSmcd0AWD3
— Rep. Liz Cheney (@RepLizCheney) October 31, 2019