House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), two of the leaders in the House Democrats’ attempt to impeach President Donald Trump, must be swallowing hard this weekend.
The Washington Examiner reports that Steve Bannon, a one-time strategist for the Trump administration, has called for an investigation into both Schiff and Pelosi for their handling of the impeachment spectacle.
“This has now gotten to be absurd,” he said. “We ought to have a full investigation, and Pelosi and Schiff ought to come up and be very open for how long they’ve been working on this to try and drop this farce. And to me, this is now getting to be a kind of comic theater.”
War of witnesses
Bannon’s comments came on Friday during an appearance on Fox Business. There, he spoke with host Maria Bartiromo about the upcoming impeachment trial in the Senate.
“If they [the Democrats] want a trial and witnesses, let them have Bolton and Lev Parnas, if that’s what they want, and throw in Mulvaney too,” Bannon said. “Let us have the whistleblower, let us have Brennan, let us have Comey, let us have Joe Biden, let’s have both sides have our witnesses. I will take our witnesses to prove from the beginning this was a nullification project on a presidency that was disrupting things for the good of the American working people and the American middle class.”
Indeed, many Republicans would also accept those witness lists, believing that with such a cast of characters on display, the truth — that this impeachment investigation is nothing more than a sham — will be glaringly obvious to all.
“Let the nation see,” Bannon continued. “The Senate is not the jury. The American people are the jury, and the world is the audience. They are going to watch in the streets of Tehran, in Hong Kong, in Taiwan, in Beijing. They’re going to be watching what happens here. I think we need to get it all on the table. And if it’s all on the table, the Democrats are going to get smoked.”
Dems’ risky gambit
In this respect, Bannon is probably right in suggesting that the Democrats would get “smoked” if everything is put “on the table.”
And of course, this is the reason why the Dems will fight tooth and nail to prevent such individuals from participating. This is especially true when it comes to the so-called whistleblower.
Remember, Schiff himself at one time said that Americans would soon be able to hear directly from the whistleblower. But when the informant’s background, political motivations and prior contacts with the House Intelligence Committee began to emerge, Schiff changed his mind and characterized such testimony as “redundant and unnecessary.”
For his part, Bannon finished Friday’s interview with an ominous message about the future consequences he thinks will result from the Democrats’ attempts at removing President Trump from office.
“One hundred years from now, what they’re going to remember is not this false solemnity you saw in the United States Senate,” he said. “What they’re going to understand is that this was the beginning of the end of the managed decline of the United States.”