A great story today from Susan Ferrechio at the Washington Examiner.
The problem for Democrats is that by doing things is such an obviously partisan and secretive way, they are going to create a Republican backlash and lose independents. President Trump will have a strong case that this is, well, a witch hunt.
It’s already clear Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff lied about his involvement in this case. Actually, shouldn’t he be thrown off the committee rather than leading it?
Watergate was conducted more fairly too.
According to the Examiner:
House Democrats have abandoned a long-standing tradition of bipartisan cooperation when it comes to launching impeachment inquiries.
Democrats are holding hearings behind closed doors and have so far provided Republicans with little more than the right to question witnesses who show up in a secure hearing room in the basement of the U.S. Capitol.
“The whole process is partisan and unfair,” Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, the top Republican on the House Oversight Committee, told the Washington Examiner.
The Democrats are employing a far different procedure than the accord the parties arranged two decades ago when lawmakers weighed the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.
Democrats at the time acknowledged the two parties cooperated significantly when it came to setting the rules for the inquiry, even though most Democratic lawmakers objected to impeachment.
The Clinton impeachment inquiry opened in December 1998 with a bipartisan agreement that the rules would be based on those used in 1974 during the impeachment investigation into President Richard M. Nixon. Those rules provided the minority with some rights, including the power to call witnesses and to seek authority to issue subpoenas.
The cooperative deal for the Clinton inquiry was struck by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Henry Hyde of Illinois, and the top Democrat on the panel, Rep. John Conyers, Jr., of Michigan.
“Mr. Chairman, you and I have worked more closely together than at any other time in our careers,” Conyers told Hyde at the launch of the first impeachment hearing, which was open to the public.
“And I want to thank you for the many untold efforts that you have made, including providing Democrats the Watergate rules of operation which we sought.”