Democrats’ impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump is proceeding faster than ever than before, but it seems like not even the Democrats themselves are able to catch up with what they had in mind as they struggle to justify their reasons to remove the president from office.
Fox News contributor Chad Pergram in an exchange with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) asked for clarification on the term “impeachment resolution,” but received no straight answer.
When asked by Pergram if he was reluctant to refer the process to remove President Trump from office an “impeachment resolution” due to the possibility of the public perceiving “this stage as impeaching the president” even though Democrats are “obviously several steps short of that,” Hoyer said he wishes to be cautious about his word choices.
“I want to be very careful in my verbiage because I’ve found it repeatedly misconstrued by those of you who either write the stories or the headlines,” Hoyer responded. “I want to be very precise. We are continuing the process of determining whether ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ have been committed by the president of the United States, which would justify, at that point in time, proceeding with articles of impeachment.”
The “impeachapalooza,” as described by Pergram due to the word games Democrats adopted since they are unable to establish wrongdoing by the president, was initiated by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and currently being led by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).
Pelosi refuses to call the procedure of removing President Trump an “impeachment resolution” but at the same time announced that a House vote be held to formalize the procedure to “establish parameters” for the investigation last month, Pergram wrote.
Meanwhile Schiff turned the blame on GOP lawmakers for requesting a fairer process, claiming “they can’t defend the president’s conduct” despite Democrats also failing to show evidence any wrongdoing by President Trump.
Pergram also noted that a number of moderate and conservative Democrats would rather not discuss impeaching the president.
“They’d rather discuss health care and infrastructure issues, maybe adoption of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement [USMCA] trade package,” Pergram wrote. “These [Democrats] seemed to know the less they’d have to deal with impeachment, the better off they were.”
The U.S. Mexico Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) is President Trump’s modernized trilateral trade deal that aims to provide thousands of new jobs and give U.S. duty-free access to Mexican and Canadian markets.
Penn Live contributor Marc A. Scaringi in an opinion column rebuked Pelosi’s impeachment inquiry as “a joke” for denying President Trump “basic rules of fairness” and failing to establish the “crimes” he was accused of committing.
“Over a month into the ‘official’ impeachment inquiry, and many months into the unofficial one, Democrats still have not shown us the crime,” Scaringi wrote, citing Pelosi’s appearance on Stephen Colbert’s late-night show earlier this month where she tried to explain why she is trying to remove President Trump from office.
Pelosi, in response to Colbert’s question, “giggled, laughed, and repeatedly said it’s ‘about the Constitution,’ while boasting that she’s ‘throwing a punch for the children.’”
Scaringi pointed out that despite Pelosi solemnly stating, “No one is above the law,” she was unable to provide “evidence of any crime [by the president].”
“She’s got nothing,” Scaringi added. “But her impeachment inquiry, although a joke and political stunt to her, is being taken with the utmost seriousness by the president’s 62 million loyal supporters.”
At the heart of the impeachment inquiry is a July 25 phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, where Democrats rushed to assess whether military aid to Ukraine was withheld to pressure Ukraine into investigating former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
But President Trump firmly denied any wrongdoing, calling the phone call “good” and “normal” as he urged individuals to “read the transcript” before slamming him for having done anything wrong.
Zelenskiy too explained that there was “no blackmail” and that there was no pressure for him to get involved in American politics.
The aid to Ukraine too was eventually released without condition.