Democrats’ messaging has failed them once again as two key House Democrats fought for a definitive answer amid a rapidly advancing impeachment inquiry whose latest articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump boils down to two things: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Surprisingly, neither article accused President Trump of a high crime or misdemeanor, and Democrats conveniently dropped their long-embraced argument: bribery, extortion, or treason, Breitbart reported.
“I wish everyone just focused on what we are bringing forward because this is very serious violations of our Constitution, undermining the national security of the United States, jeopardizing the integrity of our elections,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said at the Politico-hosted Women Rule Summit in Washington, after the earlier announcement of impeachment articles. “Instead of talking about what isn’t, this is what is, and that’s how we’re moving forward.”
But this isn’t what House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) wanted.
Addressing critics who suggest Democrats wait for the American public to pass their judgment in the 2020 presidential elections, Schiff responded: “The argument, ‘why don’t you just wait?’ comes down to this: Why don’t you just let him cheat in just one more election?” Schiff stated. “Why not let him have foreign help one more time?”
In short, Schiff doesn’t want to wait any longer than he already has to remove the president from office.
Breitbart contributor Hannah Bleau noted in a Dec. 10 column that—three factors—the phone call, meeting, and aid released to Ukraine alone, are enough to “reduce the Democrats’ impeachment argument to ashes, as numerous Republican lawmakers have pointed out.”
Besides, “None of the witnesses featured in the public impeachment hearings were able to demonstrate that the president was asking Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 election,” Bleau pointed out.
The July 25 call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy showed no signs of a quid pro quo, among the lack of bribery or extortion—as GOP lawmakers have repeatedly stated.
Presidents Trump and Zelenskiy themselves stated that there was no wrongdoing in the call, where President Trump called the conversation “perfect’ and Zelenskiy said there was “no blackmail” in the call.
Notably, Democrats at the end of their announcement refused to take any questions and gave no indication of when the text would be published despite their so-called dedication to transparency and “solemn” duty for political leaders to be held accountable.
“It is worth noting; Pelosi, Schiff, Nadler do NOT take questions after telling us about articles of impeachment they have decided to intro. They also gave us no text, and no indication when we will get the text,” TIME contributor Alana Abramson said following the Democrats’ announcement.
“The Faces of Defeat: No questions allowed. And they claim the president thinks he’s not accountable to anyone?” Fox host Laura Ingraham tweeted on Dec. 10.
“Pelosi, Schiff and Nadler do not take any questions after announcing the impeachment articles,” ABC reporter and producer Ben Siegel said in a tweet.