GOP Lawmakers Offer a ‘Very Clear Yes’ to Defend Trump Against Impeachment Inquiry

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House Republicans on Thursday said they would be willing to go on the record as saying that President Donald Trump did nothing worthy of impeachment.

On Thursday, the House voted along party lines to advance a resolution to formalize the impeachment inquiry, laying out the process for holding open hearings and rules for calling witnesses or requesting documents.

During a press conference after the vote, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was asked if Republicans are willing to go on the record saying Trump did nothing worthy of impeachment. His response, which was echoed by a chorus of lawmakers standing behind him, left no question:

“Very clear, yes.”

McCarthy blasted House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif), and his staff over reports that the whistleblower had communicated with Schiff’s office about his complaint before it became public.

Schiff’s staff has admitted that the whistleblower, who brought to light Trump’s now-infamous phone call with the Ukranian president, reached out to a House Intelligence Committee aide about his complaint.

McCarthy also slammed the Democrat-led closed-door hearings, pointing out that there have been “selective leaks” of damning information. But, he added that to his recollection none of the witnesses have said there was a quid-pro-quo.

“No one — is my understanding — down there has said there was a quid-pro-quo.”

In a speech on the House floor before Thursday’s vote, McCarthy said Democrats have refused to accept the results of the 2016 presidential election and are trying to remove Trump for purely political reasons.

“For the last three years, they have predetermined the president’s guilt. They have never accepted the voters’ choice to make him president. So, for 37 days and counting, they have run an unprecedented, undemocratic, and unfair investigation. This resolution only makes it worse. “

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McCarthy went on to accuse Democrats of trying to subvert the will of the voters:

“But Democrats are working to prevent that choice from being a free choice. That is the takeaway from today’s disastrous vote. Democrats cannot trust the American people to make their own decisions. Why?”

While House Republicans stood by their claim that Trump did nothing impeachable, Senate Republicans appeared to be growing concerned about the president’s conduct.

Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) told The Hill, “There’s a lot of things that concern me,” about Trump’s pressure on Ukraine. But Scott questioned whether Trump’s actions would be impeachable.

“The question on the table is impeachment, and that’s the question we should get an answer to, and the answer so far is ‘For what would we impeach the president?’ And the answer is ‘I don’t see anything for that.'”

Shortly after the vote on the impeachment resolution concluded, Trump lashed out at House Democrats calling their impeachment probe, “The greatest witch hunt in American history.”

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banstan
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contusion- Don’t need to hear OPINIONS of non-objective historians. As Jacob Mikanowski said about tim snyder, “In short, Snyder has captured a mood. If you’re a liberal freaked out by Trump, Snyder is the dark prophet you’ve been waiting for. If you tend to believe that the worst might happen, Snyder is here to confirm your fears.” Sounds objective only to you, contusion. Oops, sorry I forgot the ahem.

General Confusion
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“King Donald The Loser was assessed to be leaning toward fascism BEFORE he was elected (even more now).” ASSESSED by WHOM?” banstan

Dr John McNeill and Tim Snyder among others. You should hear more about this from the American Historical Association’s annual meeting, in January.

banstan
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genital contusion- “I know a fascist when I see one.” You don’t know shit from Shinola. “King Donald The Loser was assessed to be leaning toward fascism BEFORE he was elected (even more now).” ASSESSED by WHOM? You still lead softaintheheada in most asinine comments that can’t be backed up on this site.

General Confusion
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“To the GCO: Are really so F’ing lazy as to NOT introduce yourself to what FASCISM really is? Or is it just a word you leftist idiots just throw about?” An Unhung chad

I know a fascist when I see one. King Donald The Loser was assessed to be leaning toward fascism BEFORE he was elected (even more now). You voted for him anyway.

General Confusion
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Re: “Also, you know not of what you speak when it comes to your isms.” Me to Vivian Parson

Reply: “Neither do you. HOW MANY TIMES (4+) have I had to define Socialism’s and Communism’s nearly identical ideologies for YOU” Confused James

See what I mean? You know not of what you speak when it comes to your isms, either. You don’t listen to me. Just because there is a relationship between them does NOT mean that they are “nearly identical ideologies”. This confuses you and then you go off on your rhetoric. That doesn’t help you.

WellHungChad
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To the GCO: Are really so F’ing lazy as to NOT introduce yourself to what FASCISM really is? Or is it just a word you leftist idiots just throw about? I find it hard to call anything sane that these new “Resolutions ” do (Pelosi was VERY careful to NOT include the word IMPEACHMENT) that the prior 3 impeachment inquiriy resolutions didn’t, other than restrict Trump from his constitutional rights. Why reinvent the wheel other than the FACT that Adam Schitt doesn’t know what a wheel is and has grown weary of embarrassing himself over it? The DemoRats are in… Read more »

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Phyllis: for your Make America Sane Again campaign “http://www.apnorc.org/projects/Pages/Assessing-Trump%E2%80%99s-Performance.aspx” There is some hope, chinks in KDTL’s Teflon-Don armor, now, showing up in polls. We knew that his approval rating was always low, but it still remains around 42% (one poll was 38%!). A 56% DISapproval rating is a TERRIBLE number only one year out from a re-election. Overall, 61% of us think that King Donald The Loser has at least some respect for our democratic institutions, 26% think that he has little to none! That is NOT good any way you want to look at it. Less than 40% think… Read more »

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“I think you are just hoping that happens. the fascist party is the democrats that want socialism” Vivian Parson

You are confused by facts, ma’am. I don’t just make this stuff up. King Donald The Loser is going down, based on current trends and numbers. Do YOU have a Plan B?

Also, you know not of what you speak when it comes to your isms.

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