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The White house released a statement of defence, President of trump card against the Democrats’ ‘illegitimate’ impeachment probe according to the house rules apply to the inquiry; John Roberts has more on the reaction
Republican congressional leaders tore into house speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday to the Democrats, that formal rules for the impeachment inquiry on the House floor, pointedly ask, what has changed, since you stated in March that they relate to, in contrast to the procedure in the absence of a President the notion of “overwhelming and bipartisan”.
“We believe in the rule of law. But, unfortunately, in Nancy ‘ s house, we don’t,” house GOP leader Kevin McCarthy said at a press conference after the vote on Thursday.
THE HOUSE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY RULES APPROVED
McCarthy points to a March interview with The Washington Post Magazine, to say in which Pelosi declares her opposition to impeachment, that it is “so divisive to the country, unless it is something so convincing and overwhelming, and bipartisan, I think we go this way, because it divides the country. And he is just not worth it.”
McCarthy asked: “What has changed since March?”
Much, in fact, has happened since. Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller probe ended without evidence of criminal cooperation between Russia and the trump campaign. But the spotlight then shifted to the Ukraine, after a whistleblower claimed that Trump set properly under pressure, to run the country, politically related investigations — that is, the prompt Pelosi to announce the indictment request.
The house voted largely along party lines to approve on Thursday, the guidelines for this process to go forward, a month after it starts. But the Republicans claim that those who sought to have the shipment all charges. And you drew attention to Pelosi’s March warning — if you consider Pelosi even cast a rare vote on the resolution itself, the reconciliation for you.
“This is not a cause for any joy or consolation. This is something very festive … we had to collect as much information to us on this next step,” Pelosi said on the floor Thursday, explained their current stance. “No one … comes to the Congress to accuse the President of the United States, unless his actions threaten our honor, our oath of office.”
They expressed the hope that Congress would do this “in a way that brings people together, the healing, instead of division.”
2 DEMS DEFECT ON THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY RULES VOTE
But the Republicans argue that, while you said in March of each charge, cross-party, the only party should push for cross-voting was Thursday against the resolution, since two Democrats broke ranks in opposition. No Republicans supported it.
“In all the hearings, there is nothing mandatory, nothing overwhelming, so the speaker should follow her own words, and cross-party vote on the ground floor and the end of the mock-up was the implementation of the country through this nightmare,” McCarthy said.
The sound of the dueling press conferences after the vote signaled that the political unit is probably not on the horizon, despite Pelosi’s floor comments.
Other top Republicans also went after house Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who is, in essence, the probe leads now.
“For a man to get out of this country upside-down, they have to decide today, our founding fathers warned in the Federalist Papers,” House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking member Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said. “That a future Congress base charge would, at some point in time, would base on party politics.”
“Unfortunately, today in this chamber, their worst fears were realised,” said McCaul.
Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-New York state, another top Republican on the Foreign Affairs Committee, said: “the ship of the state attorney, the judge, the jury, the chief strategist for lie and lick is.”
And House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Doug Collins, R-Ga., presented a challenge.
“Here’s my challenge to Mr. ship. Do you want Ken Starr? Ken Starr,” Collins said, in reference to the special Prosecutor, led the investigation into Bill Clinton. “You come to the justice Committee. The first witness, and take up every question to you. You start with your own participation of the whistleblower.”
Republicans have blasted the ship in the last few weeks, is in his office prior to contact with the whistleblower, the complaint to the Agency inspector General on President Trump’s July 25 phone conversation with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky.
Ship ‘ s office, the beginning of this month, said that the whistleblower had reached them prior to the filing of the lawsuit in mid-August, giving Democrats warning the allegations, which later lead to you to start a prosecution request days.
“Folks, this ain’t over,” Collins said. “Get ready. The cloud that will fall will fall on their heads, because the process matters, and the substance will always win in the end, and this President has nothing to fear.”
But on the other side of the house, ship, and other top Democrats in Congress, announced the passage of the resolution and defended its handling of the probe.
“This is a solemn day in the history of our country, if the President has his wrongdoing, and, we continue to move forward with an impeachment inquiry,” the ship said. “The founding fathers understood that a leader take the Oval Office, would the national security, would fail to defend the Constitution, his personal and political interests above the interests of the country.”
He added: “they provided us a mechanism to deal with it and that mechanism is called the indictment.”
The ship went on to detail what would look the next few weeks — including public hearings and staff questioning of witnesses for a “prolonged period”, what both the majority and the minority each have a 45 minutes advised.
The decision from Thursday, directs the Intelligence Committee, in consultation with the other committees, prepare a report on its findings to the judiciary Committee, would write to, any charge or indictment. In response to the GOP complaints about Democrats ” selective leaks in the opening statements and statements made in the document also allows the publication of witness testimony, only with sensitive or classified information unrecognizable. The resolution also allows the Republican members, in writing, demands for testimony and other evidence, to cross-examine witnesses, and raise objections.
Pelosi announced the Trump charges on request Sept. 24, namely, at the time that “the President must be held accountable” for his “betrayal of his oath of office, a betrayal of our national security, and the betrayal of the integrity of our elections.”
The investigation was opened after a whistleblower complaint alleges that Trump in July with a call, pushed Zelensky to investigate former Vice-President Joe Biden and his son Hunter kept as a military aid to the country.
A transcript released by the White house shows make trump that request, but he and his allies denied that military aid was clearly in connection with the request or that a quid pro quo. Some of the witnesses before house committees as part of the impeachment procedure against the claim.
The White house, though, has maintained the President is nothing wrong.
“Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats are” out of joint obsession with this illegitimate impeachment process hurt the President Trump; it hurts the American people,” White House Press Secretary, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement. “Speaker Pelosi and the Democrats have done nothing more than anchoring unreasonable violations of the “due process” in-House rules.”
She added: “The Democrats want to render a judgment, without the administration a chance to build a defense. This is unfair, unconstitutional and fundamentally un-American.”
Fox News’ Chad Pergram, Tyler Olson, and John Roberts contributed to this report.