By Kevin McCarthy
As Congress returns to work for the new year, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is showing Americans that Democrats continue to be fixated on their only objective: Undoing the results of the 2016 election by removing President Trump from office.
Despite the urgency they once had to move forward, Democrats are holding onto the articles of impeachment as they hypocritically call for so-called fairness, a criteria they neglected throughout their entire process. This delay exposes the simple truth that there is no urgency because they have no case.
Democrats spent months, or as the speaker recently admitted “two-and-a-half years,” attempting to build an impeachment case against the president. The longer they continued to work toward their pre-determined outcome, support for removing the president continued to decline. It was a sentiment shared in our own chamber when on the evening of Dec. 18 the only bipartisan vote was opposition to impeachment and their caucus became smaller, ours stronger.
The speaker chose to follow an arbitrary timeline to achieve Democrats’ desired end goal and used specially-designed rules to ensure the process was fast, but not fair. As constitutional legal scholar Jonathan Turley told the Judiciary Committee, the Democrats’ rush to impeachment on weak grounds, with unfair procedures, is the only “abuse of power” taking place.
It is also ironic that Mrs. Pelosi is making demands about the Senate’s procedures after ignoring any semblance of fairness or precedent in the House.
Immediately after the speaker unilaterally declared an impeachment inquiry, I sent her a letter outlining what a fair process would require in the House.
The procedures I requested were not partisan demands. They are the same procedures the House followed during the impeachments for Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, when, like today, the presidency and the House were controlled by different parties. They would have helped ensure that basic standards of due process, the foundation of our justice system, were upheld regardless of political affiliation.
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