GOP Lawmakers Slam House Dems for ‘All-Out Impeachment Witch Hunt’ as WH Pens Letter

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a ceremonial swearing-in for Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 30, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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Republican lawmakers are backing President Donald Trump following the White House’s letter sent to House Democrats regarding the impeachment probe.

White House counsel Pat Cipollone penned a letter on behalf of the president to congressional Democrats — including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) – on Tuesday.

The letter is in response to Democrats’ “numerous, legally unsupported demands made as part of what you have labeled contrary to the Constitution of the United States and all past bipartisan precedent-as an ‘impeachment inquiry.'”

The letter, in part, reads:

“Your inquiry is constitutionally invalid and a violation of due process. In the history of our Nation, the House of Representatives has never attempted to launch an impeachment inquiry against the President without a majority of the House taking political accountability for that decision by voting to authorize such a dramatic constitutional step.”

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) is among those Republicans who are calling out House Democrats. He wrote in response to the Democratic-led House not “holding a single vote on the Floor” while pursuing the “all-out impeachment witch hunt against [Donald Trump].”

“This is a scam,” Scalise said. “The time for games is over. We won’t play by their fake rules.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) wrote in a series of tweets on Tuesday:

“House Democrats have wanted to undo the results of the 2016 election for three years, and now they’re rushing a sham impeachment process.

President [Donald Trump] is right to call out this rushed process because Democrats refuse to protect the transparency and basic fairness that have been integral to previous impeachment proceedings.”

Additionally, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) weighed in, as he tweeted on Tuesday evening, “Overturning the results of an American election requires the highest level of fairness and due process, as it strikes at the core of our democratic process.”

Trump reacted to McConnell’s tweet by calling the impeachment inquiry “the Greatest Witch Hunt in the history of the USA!”

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Pelosi blasted Trump in response to the letter, as she wrote in a statement, “For a while, the President has tried to normalize lawlessness. Now, he is trying to make lawlessness a virtue.”

“The White House letter is only the latest attempt to cover up his betrayal of our democracy, and to insist that the President is above the law. […] The White House should be warned that continued efforts to hide the truth of the President’s abuse of power from the American people will be regarded as further evidence of obstruction. Mr. President, you are not above the law. You will be held accountable.”

In contrast, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham wrote in a statement, along with the letter, that “the President has done nothing wrong, and the Democrats know it.”

“All of this violates the Constitution, the rule of law, and every past precedent.  For these reasons, the Executive Branch cannot be expected to, and will not participate in, this exercise of partisan political theater.”

Grisham added: “President Trump and his entire Administration will, however, keep fighting for the American people, growing the economy, building prosperity, and protecting America’s interests at home and abroad.”

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General Confusion
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“If this is only “an investigation”” An unhung chad

You are so confused.

An impeachment is ONLY an investigation, at this stage. It isn’t a trial, as such, until it gets sent to the Senate.

Michael
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Chad is so confused. Evidence comes from the investigation, not the hearsay, and executive privilege does not put the president above the law (or excuse your ignorant, childish comments). Why are you so angry?

WellHungChad
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SyPhyllis, I know that, but thanks for the Constitutional legal counsel, Captain Obvious. I guess you Democrat A-holes shouldn’t mind it when President Trump refuses to participate then. Maybe you idiots should quit complaining about it. But yet, you’ll still bleat, “obstruction of justice!”, as usual ‘

When will Pelosi put all the rabid impeachment Democrats on record to get a REAL trial going?? Considering how long they’ve had and haven’t come up with anything, I’d say, “never”.

WellHungChad
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Michael: “Republicans” , aka RINOS for hire! No hearsay evidence has ever been admitted in any legitimate court! If this is only “an investigation”, President Trump has no obligations to comply. You seem to miss the Executive Privilege that the President has. Google Obame for abuse of executive privilege. Especially granting it to AG Eric Holder when he face with Congressional contempt charges (“Obama’s Wingman”). My Dear Aunt Sally heard from a friend that you were sucking off your Gay Bar entourages in the parking lot for $0.50 a trick. Should we kick off an investigation focused on you???

Cherl
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*Phylliphlis* To answer your foolishness it’s called precedence. A vote for inquiry was voted on before During past impeachments, once the full House authorized an impeachment inquiry, the House Judiciary Committee took the lead in conducting an investigation, holding hearings on proposed articles of impeachment, and voting on whether to approve them.

Michael
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“Bananas”; “a barely-lawyered temper tantrum”; “pure hackery”: These are just some of the words that Republican lawyers have used to describe Mr. Cipollone’s screed.

General Confusion
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“This thread deals with the Dem congressional witch hunt, not Turkey or the Kurds” An unhung chad

Ask me if I care. If IJR can’t be bothered covering important topics or if they skip news cycles, I am willing to broaden the site’s coverage. You are free to read along… or not.

General Confusion
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“I have.” An unhung chad Bully for you. A bigger issue is whether King Donald The Loser has ever read it or can in any way understand it. He broke the emoluments clause on day one in office. And on numerous occasions he regularly declares himself above the law citing Article 2 of the Constitution. I don’t think he even knows how to cite Section 2 of Article because that would be too confusing to him, but he sure misunderstands it because he claims that it gives him unlimited power. This guy is nuts, certifiable. So before you get too… Read more »

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