Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) tried to rewrite the history of President Donald Trump’s impeachment in an appearance with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos.
According to a report from the Washington Examiner, the House speaker falsely claimed Sunday that Democrats are going to court to secure testimony from four witnesses whom Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has sought to block from testifying in the upper chamber’s upcoming impeachment trial. “So far, no court cases against the four key figures exist,” the Examiner‘s Jerry Dunleavy revealed Sunday.
Liars on the left
Pelosi and her fellow Democrats had sought testimony from former Trump National Security Adviser John Bolton and a host of other witnesses through a nearly month-long stalemate that finally dissolved last week when the speaker, conceding defeat to McConnell, said that she would soon send articles of impeachment to the Senate for trial. At the same time, Pelosi has sought to frame an upcoming vote on the trial terms as a referendum on the Republicans’ patriotism, saying that Republicans must allow witnesses or wear the label of partisan sycophants.
But the claim that the burden is on Republicans to provide fairness springs from the idea that Democrats, when they had control of the impeachment proceedings in the House, did everything possible to investigate Trump’s actions toward Ukraine. Republicans, including Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), have complained that Democrats did not do that, undermining the left’s accusations of a GOP “cover-up.”
In his interview with Pelosi on Sunday, Stephanopoulos played a clip of Collins criticizing the speaker’s move before pressing the California Democrat to explain her party’s reticence to go to court. For her part, the speaker flat-out lied, Dunleavy contends.
Pelosi said that Dems had enforced their subpoenas for White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, former Mulvaney senior adviser Robert Blair, and Office of Management and Budget official Mike Duffey while teasing that a subpoena for Bolton, who they never subpoenaed at all, was still possible.
“We are in court on the witnesses,” Pelosi said, according to the Examiner. “It could take a very long time.”
Pelosi: “Clinton allowed witnesses to come forward. Pres.Trump has prevented that from happening.”@GStephanopoulos: “Why not wait for the courts to rule?”
— ABC News (@ABC) January 12, 2020
Finding the truth
Pelosi went on to say in her interview that Democrats didn’t wait to impeach Trump because they had “confidence” the record of evidence was enough to justify his removal from office, but she added that “the truth” is still somehow being obscured by the nefarious doings of Trump and McConnell.
Republicans have meanwhile argued that the Democrats’ refusal to go to court, followed by a delay calculated to pressure Republicans to allow the very witnesses to testify who Democrats did not pursue, shows that they have political, insincere motives for impeaching Trump.
Indeed, the only major subpoenas Democrats are still fighting to enforce deal with Robert Mueller’s investigation, the Washington Examiner noted — despite Trump–Russia collusion having become merely a footnote in the impeachment drama.
Democrats are fighting in court for Donald McGahn, Trump’s former White House counsel, to testify about practically antediluvian concerns of “obstruction” in the Mueller probe, and they are seeking grand jury evidence from the Mueller probe as well.
Trump weighs dismissal
Trump, for his part, has said that he does not want Bolton to testify, and he tweeted Sunday that a drawn-out trial would give unwarranted “credibility” to his impeachment, according to the Associated Press — a sign that the president’s position may be converging with that of McConnell, who is looking to move on with as little ceremony (read: theatrics) as possible.
Many believe that by the Senate giving credence to a trial based on the no evidence, no crime, read the transcripts, “no pressure” Impeachment Hoax, rather than an outright dismissal, it gives the partisan Democrat Witch Hunt credibility that it otherwise does not have. I agree!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2020
The Senate trial could get underway as soon as this week, after Democrats appoint their impeachment managers to press the case against the president.