The process behind Donald Trump’s ongoing impeachment has become the flashpoint for a new and novel conflict within the world of American politics, with many involved in the argument completely ignoring the allegations against the President in order to focus on the perceived procedural slights that they’ve faced.
This impeachment itself was born out of a secretive, clandestine set of hearings conducted by House Intel Chair Adam Schiff deep within the sub-basement of the Capitol. The sheer audacity of Schiff’s hidden agenda prompted over 40 Republican lawmakers to respond by “storming the SCIF”, rolling into the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility in a brazen act of protest.
Now, several weeks removed from this stunt, the GOP is still clamoring for access to the information gleaned from these hearings as the Democrats continue to obstruct their congressional colleagues.
Rep. Michael Burgess explained this during a recent interview on Fox News:
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ANCHOR: Democrats and Nancy Pelosi have said they are waiting on these articles to ensure there’s a fair trial in the Senate, but there have been a lot of other theories floated by Republicans, by folks from the other side of the aisle that think that Nancy Pelosi is stalling for all sorts of reasons. So I want to get your thoughts on why these articles are being held.
REP. MICHAEL BURGESS: My first take is that they’re holding the articles of impeachment because they really had nothing in the first place, so if they send them to the Senate and it crashes and burns, the president is exonerated and they did not accomplish what they set out to accomplish, which was to politically harm the president at the beginning of a political year.
ANCHOR: So you think they’re stalling, in essence, to continue digging, that they’re hoping they find something more?
REP. BURGESS: Look, they had all the tools at their disposal on the House side, they made it secret. They had armed guards outside the doors. They still haven’t made all of the transcripts available to members of Congress. And according to House rules, any committee hearing, the transcript is supposed to be available to other House members. But they have not done so, and no one has asserted that these are classified briefings. They were just simply secret hearings because it behooved the speaker to have secret hearings. That doesn’t pass muster. That’s not a constitutional part of the process.
The Democrats have long stood accused of attempting to rig the impeachment process, with House committee chairmen repeatedly refusing to allow Republican-requested witnesses to testify, and interrupting the questioning of GOP members.
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