Donald Trump is very good at a few things. These include his powers of persuasion against millions of people and his use of social media. Yet, one of his strengths rarely mentioned is his use of optics.
The House’s very serious impeachment inquiry hearings have really begun to get under POTUS’ skin. Normally, the president has used color and colorful language to present himself and what he wanted. Today though, his unusual black-and-white photo appeared to reflect something darker going on inside of him.
He tweeted out a Fox News screenshot taken by the Oversight Committee Republicans. The tweet came down on the House Intelligence chair and impeachment inquiry’s point man, Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA). The tweet said:
‘Schiff’s Sham Impeachment.’
Earlier, Trump tweeted, according to NBC’s opinion site Think:
‘It was just explained to me that for next weeks Fake Hearing (trial) in the House, as they interview Never Trumpers and others, I get NO LAWYER & NO DUE PROCESS. It is a Pelosi, Schiff, Scam against the Republican Party and me. This Witch Hunt should not be allowed to proceed!’
In an NBC opinion piece by NBC News THINK contributor Kurt Bardella, the journalist noted that Trump’s complaints should basically be laid at the feet of the Republicans:
‘The irony of course is that if Trump is unhappy with how the impeachment process is unfolding, he has mostly Republicans to blame. After all, they are the ones who have written the rules that impeachment investigations follow.’
Republicans should be careful about what they wish. They just might get it. Bardella added:
‘After weeks of Republican demands for a vote on an impeachment resolution, the House of Representatives did just that and approved, along party lines, a resolution that establishes the procedural guidelines for the impeachment investigation of Trump. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff announced that public hearings will commence Wednesday.’
After all, the Republicans have controlled the House and its investigative powers for “20 of the last 25 years:”
‘The GOP has controlled the majority of the House’s investigative powers for 20 of the last 25 years. (And I spent five of those years working at the House Oversight Committee as a spokesperson and a senior adviser under the chairmanship of Republican Darrell Issa, R-CA).’
Trump has appeared to miss the fact that an impeachment inquiry “isn’t a trial at all:”
‘For all Trump’s griping about lawyers, the House impeachment inquiry isn’t a trial at all. But the reason he won’t have a lawyer representing his interests in the hearings is because Republicans made a point to continue the procedure during the Benghazi investigation. During that investigation, Republican committee members approved rules specifically stipulating that “counsel … for agencies under investigation may not attend.'”‘
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