The Democrats’ impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump is gradually falling apart as White House officials and conservative critics are decrying it as a strongly biased, failing movement to unseat the president.
Vice President Mike Pence during a Tuesday, Nov. 19, appearance on “The David Webb Show” on SiriusXM said that the American public isn’t falling for the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry.
“I don’t consider it a foregone conclusion that [Democrats] have the votes to pass,” the vice president said on a radio show, adding that the public isn’t buying impeachment.
“I honestly believe the more the American people see and hear, the more Congress is going to hear from the American people,” Pence told host David Webb. “And the more we’re going to see the people of this country demand that Congress set aside this partisan impeachment and go back to work on the issues that matter most.”
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham in a Tuesday statement ripped the inquiry and stressed that the president has committed none of the crimes listed by Democratic lawmakers.
“We have learned nothing new in today’s illegitimate ‘impeachment’ proceedings,” Grisham said on Nov. 19. “However, buried among the witnesses’ personal opinions and conjecture about a call the White House long ago released to the public, both witnesses testified the July 25 transcript was ‘accurate’ and nothing President Trump has done or said amounts to ‘bribery’ or any other crime.”
“Today’s hearing only further exposes that [House Intelligence Committee] Chairman [Adam] Schiff and the Democrats are simply blinded by their hatred for Donald Trump and rabid desire to overturn the outcome of a free and fair election,” Grisham said in her statement.
The impeachment inquiry, initiated by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), is currently being spearheaded by Schiff.
President Trump on Tuesday slammed Pelosi as being “grossly incompetent” for holding Democrats back from a House vote on the U.S. Mexico Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA)—the Trump administration’s modernized trilateral trade deal that, if passed, would establish thousands of new jobs and give U.S. duty-free access to Mexican and Canadian markets.
“All she wants to do is focus on impeachment, which is just a little pipe dream she’s got,” the president said at a Cabinet meeting, pointing out that officials from Canada and Mexico were querying about the completion of the agreement. “And she can keep playing that game. She’s using [the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement] because she doesn’t have the impeachment votes. So she’s using USMCA to get the impeachment vote.”
“And yet, I just got to watch—and the Republicans are absolutely killing it. They are doing so well. Because it’s a scam. It’s a big scam,” the president added. “They’re doing something that the Founders never thought possible and the Founders didn’t want.”
“And they’re using this impeachment hoax for their own political gain to try and damage the Republican Party and damage the President, but it’s had the opposite effect,” President Trump continued. “Because you’ve seen the polls and we’re now the highest—I’m the highest I’ve ever I’ve ever been in the polls. You don’t hear that on television because the news and the Democrats are one and the same. But that’s the story.”
Fox News primetime host Sean Hannity on Sept. 26 zoomed in on the inquiry to lament what had prompted Democrats to oust the president from office.
“The President of the United States can’t make a phone call to another elected leader without getting spied on and stabbed in the back by unelected bureaucrats,” Hannity said. “People weaponizing the powerful tools of intelligence, turning it on the American people and their president,” Hannity continued, crediting Trump for “trying to run the government while people within the government actively work against him every day.”