Republican representatives on the House Judiciary Committee warned Chairman Jerrold Nadler that they “will resist vigorously” if Democrats continue to focus on their “false impeachment inquiry” and set aside issues that are crucial to Americans.
The 17 members of the council on Tuesday urged Nadler in a letter to join forces to overcome the “real” challenges facing the country, such as the final drafting of the bill for foreign agricultural workers, or progress in the fight against the immigration crisis that hits the U.S. southern border.
“This committee has failed to take any action whatsoever to address the opioid epidemic plaguing our nation according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 130 people in the United States die every day after overdosing on opioids,” the Republicans argued.
They also stressed that instead of tackling mass violence and terrorism rationally, the House Judiciary Committee passed a series of bills that will never be enacted, because “they would do nothing to stop the wave of violence.”
In a list, which they noted as incomplete, they also detailed that the committee could be taking “significant” steps to protect Americans’ intellectual property from theft by China and other countries, strengthening electoral security or encouraging investment in the development of new technologies.
Duties to the American people
So far, the Republicans said, “This committee—and the Democratic House as a whole—have utterly failed in their duty to the American people,” because “Democrats, beholden to a radical base, are determined to impeach the president, no matter the cost and by any means necessary,” they determined.
“Under your leadership, Mr. Nadler,” they continued, “bipartisan solutions to real problems affecting real Americans have been sacrificed in favor of committee Democrats” obsession with impeaching the president and undoing the 2016 election,” they determined.
“However, should you continue to pursue this impeachment inquiry and do so without regard for the fundamentally American principles of fairness and due process, we will resist vigorously,” the signatories said.
‘Violates all historical precedents’
“This unfounded and highly partisan investigation violates all previous historical precedents, basic due process rights and fundamental justice,” White House lawyer Pat Cipollone condemned in another letter to the committee after it announced the first hearing, according to The Hill.
The controversial hearing, scheduled for Dec. 4, will feature four constitutional scholars—three called by Democrats and a fourth by Republicans—who will provide legal analysis.
“More importantly, an invitation to an academic discussion with law professors does not begin to provide the president with a semblance of a fair process. Accordingly, under the current circumstances, we do not intend to participate in your Wednesday hearing,” Cipollone emphasized.
Democrats are focusing on the impeachment of President Trump to the point where they can’t “spend a minute” legislating on vital issues like infrastructure or lowering drug prices, presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway said in Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.”
She said the White House refused to participate in the hearing because it would “legitimize” it, and she asked about the experts who have been called to testify: “Who are they? What are their prejudices? What have they said about the president in the past?”
Conway also said the accusations that led to the impeachment inquiries against former Presidents Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon had nothing to do with those of President Trump, since in the former cases there was evidence of crimes.
“Don’t get confused,” Conway said. “The Democrats and their allies have been on this for more than three years … the voters wanted Donald Trump to be their president, and [the Democrats] should admit that they have no idea how to beat him in 2020. They fear that he will be re-elected and they want to get rid of him before that,” she concluded.