House Democrats are continuing with their impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump no matter how passionately he and his associates lose their minds over the whole thing. This Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tweeted a link to a fact-check from The Washington Post bluntly denouncing the White House’s claims about the supposed impropriety of the House’s investigation. In short — no, Democrats are not running over some kind of rights the president has at this stage of the investigation, and they’re definitely not running an operation akin to the Salem witch trials, like Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani has suggested.
Pelosi wrote on Twitter:
‘Republicans need to end the cover-ups, deceptions, and distractions. Their oath is to the Constitution, not to White House talking points. #TruthExposed’
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) October 10, 2019
The idea from Republicans including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) is that Pelosi and the rest of the Democratic majority are running some kind of sham operation. However, as The Post notes, the Constitution clearly lays out that it’s up to the House to collect evidence in impeachment cases, and those cases then proceed to the Senate, where the supposed trial rights Trump’s team has raised a stir about really apply, at least in part. Those who are subjects of judicial investigations don’t get to set the terms of those investigations, saying “oh no prosecutor I don’t want you to see the records in that box; sorry!”
House Democrats are issuing rounds of subpoenas demanding information from key figures in the whole ordeal, most recently wheeling one out targeting Energy Secretary Rick Perry. He went in place of Vice President Mike Pence to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s inauguration and Trump has reportedly claimed Perry pressured him to make the call to Zelensky on which he ended up trying to get dirt on Joe Biden.
Democrats have also subpoenaed Giuliani, the Trump administration itself, and E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland, who wrote in since revealed text messages that Trump was after a “deliverable” from Ukraine — meaning politically useful dirt.
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