On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump on charges abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Now, one senior Republican has leveled some charges of his own.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) put forward a resolution on Wednesday condemning Democrat Reps. Jerry Nadler (NY) and Adam Schiff (CA) for “abusing and exceeding their powers” as committee chairmen, Breitbart reported. Democrats, for their part, quickly blocked the measure.
McCarthy’s list of grievances
According to McCarthy, on Sept. 9, Schiff, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, “announced a wide-ranging investigation into the ‘Trump–Giuliani Ukraine scheme'” without consulting the panel’s ranking member, Devin Nunes (R-CA). Then, Chairman Schiff “unilaterally released a redacted version of the August 2019 whistleblower complaint,” on Sept. 26, McCarthy alleged.
The minority leader also ripped Schiff for re-enacting an altered version of the now-infamous July 25 phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
According to McCarthy, these actions, among others, show that Schiff engaged in “repeated and blatant abuse of power in a way that is not befitting an elected Member of the House of Representatives nor his position as Chairman.”
As for Nadler, McCarthy accused the House Judiciary chairman of “willfully” trampling “on the right[s] of the minority” by failing “to respond to the minority’s request for an additional day of hearings to consider the impeachment of President Donald John Trump.”
“A sham since the beginning”
But while Dems may disagree with McCarthy’s characterization of Schiff and Nadler’s actions, Republicans are by and large supporting the minority leader. Texas Rep. Ron White (R) voiced his support for McCarthy’s move in a tweet, writing: “Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler have been abusing their power and deceiving the American people since day one of this impeachment inquiry.”
Rep. Bradley Byrne, a Republican from Alabama, also supported the resolution, and even voted in favor of it. “This impeachment has been a sham since the beginning, stripping away the rights of Republicans and [President Trump],” Byrne tweeted Wednesday.
And while Democrats may be winning in the impeachment game for now, the evidence suggests that everyday Americans are siding with the GOP.
A new Gallup poll released Wednesday shows support for impeachment dropping, with just 46% of Americans in favor of the president’s ouster, while support for the president is going up. “The president’s ratings have increased six percentage points since the House of Representatives opened an impeachment inquiry against him in the fall,” Gallup’s Justin McCarthy reported.
According to Gallup, a full 45% of Americans currently approve of Trump’s performance. It looks like Schiff, Nadler, the rest of their caucus weren’t as successful in taking Trump down as they hoped.