Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has joined in the new take-no prisoners’ GOP approach by telling House Dems and the media of the current impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, “If we were doing this, you’d be beating the s*** out of us” — and he spoke the curse word in full during a press conference on Thursday with reporters.
The senator, who showed that same aggressive indignation over Democratic tactics at the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings last summer, is sponsoring a Senate resolution condemning the secretive House inquiry.
Graham said his resolution has 41 GOP co-sponsors and that the number is “climbing.”
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is also a co-sponsor of the measure.
The resolution calls on the House to “provide President Trump, like every other American, with due process, to include the ability to confront his accusers, call witnesses on his behalf, and have a basic understanding of the accusations against him that would form any basis for impeachment,” Graham said during his press conference.
As to Dem motivations, Graham said plainly, “The attempt to open an inquiry into the impeachment of President Trump failed miserably, so they’ve created a new process, which I think is very dangerous for the country.”
He also said, “What’s going on is they run around the impeachment process creating a secret proceeding behind closed doors, that fundamentally is in my view, denies due process. And when you’re talking about removing the president of the United States, seems to me you’d want to have a process that is consistent with who we are as Americans. And consistent with what Bill Clinton was allowed to do, Richard Nixon was allowed to do — and the process in the House today, I think, is danger to the future of the presidency.”
“Because if you can drive down a president’s poll numbers by having proceedings where you selectively leak information, where the president, who’s the subject of all of this, is pretty much shut out — God help future presidents.”
Combined with the president’s recent candid words about Never-Trumpers — he called them “human scum” and didn’t regret it afterward — and the two dozen GOP congressmen who stormed the actual inquiry this week, causing Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) to leave the premises, the Republican Party seems to have found an attack mode.
The Never Trumper Republicans, though on respirators with not many left, are in certain ways worse and more dangerous for our Country than the Do Nothing Democrats. Watch out for them, they are human scum!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2019
In a related move, House Intelligence Committee members Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) are putting pressure on the up-to-now-cowering-anonymously “whistleblower” to appear publicly — and to let his “sources and credibility be “fully assessed.”
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In other words: Come on out and fight like a man.
That is what Schiff initially promised, in fact — that the informant would testify “very soon” and in an “unfiltered” manner.
However, when it was revealed the leaker had had prior contact with Schiff’s office before his complaint — and that he also has close ties to a prominent Democratic office holder — Schiff reneged on that pledge.
He’s been stonewalling ever since.
If the GOP keeps up the message coordination and tactical boldness it’s demonstrated in the last 72 hours, public perceptions could swing more decidedly in favor of the president and against the Dems — not only as a party, but against their impeachment inquiry as well.
There are those who have said, referencing the president’s noted tendency to stay on the offense — and the also-noted habit of congressional Republicans to play it safe — that the GOP was an army of sheep led by a lion.
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But this week, it seems a pride of big, hungry cats has wandered in as allies.
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