Judicial Watch: ‘Schiff and his cohorts’ should be tried in Senate, not Trump

Although the House of Representatives passed two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump last week, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has yet to send them off to the Senate. Pelosi is apparently waiting to try and force Senate Republicans to agree to her terms as to how a trial will be conducted.

For his part, Tom Fitton, president of conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, agrees that there should indeed be a trial — but he doesn’t think that Trump’s conduct is the proper subject of such a proceeding. 

“If anyone goes on trial in the Senate, it should be Adam Schiff and his cohorts,” Fitton said during a Monday interview with to Fox Business’s Greg Jarrett.

“If I were the Senate,” Fitton explained, “rather than put the president through an abusive trial, I would have some kind of preliminary hearing, where the prosecutorial misconduct, the abuse of power is at issue before a select committee of the Senate that investigates what Schiff did and investigates the other abuses of the coup cabal so that there’s a report to the larger Senate, and they can decide whether to even let this trial get out of the gate.”

Lawsuit filed

But that wouldn’t be the only trial with which the House Intelligence Committee chairman must contend. Fitton’s group has also filed a federal lawsuit against Schiff related to his conduct during the impeachment inquiry.

“Judicial Watch announced it today filed a lawsuit against Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and the House Intelligence Committee for the controversial subpoenas issued for phone records, including those of Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s lawyer,” the organization said in a Dec. 20 statement.

The group’s announcement continued: “Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit under the public’s common-law right of public access to examine government records after it received no response to a December 6, 2019 records request.”

“Adam Schiff abused his power to secretly subpoena and then publish the private phone records, in potential violation of law, of innocent Americans. What else is Mr. Schiff hiding?” Fitton asked in the statement.

He went on: “Schiff and his Committee ran roughshod over the rule of law in pursuit of the abusive impeachment of President Trump. This lawsuit serves as a reminder that Congressman Schiff and Congress are not above the law.”

Endless impeachment

During his Fox Business interview on Monday, Fitton also predicted that the impeachment drama won’t end, even with an anticipated acquittal in the Senate.

“Impeachment will be used against this president as long as the House is controlled by the coup cabal,” Fitton insisted.

He concluded: “And he should plan on this for not only this year but, if the Pelosi majority retains control of the House, for his second term.”

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