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Whatever Happened to Dems’ Vow That ‘Impeachment Must Be Bipartisan’?

Adam Schiff + Nancy Pelosi

Steve Guest of the Republican National Committee was succinct and to the point in an email this morning — a morning in which the Democrat-led House Judiciary Committee voted to approve the two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump [1].

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), and Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) all “set the benchmark for impeachment,” noted Guest.

“It must be bipartisan,” those individuals said.

That’s what those Democratic leaders supposedly vowed to the American people.

Here are their specific and very clear comments.

Pelosi: “Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country.”

Schiff: “If the evidence isn’t sufficient to win bipartisan support for this, putting the country through a failed impeachment isn’t a good idea.”

Nadler: “Impeachment should not be partisan.”

Related: Dems Announce Two Articles of Impeachment [1]

Very interesting.

Because on Friday, the Democrat-led House Judiciary Committee voted otherwise.

“After today’s partisan committee vote,” noted Guest, “it is now crystal-clear that for Democrats, impeachment isn’t about the facts. It’s solely about politics.”

The committee on Friday voted to adopt two articles of impeachment [2] against Trump — “capping a contentious three-day session that Republicans panned as a ‘kangaroo court’ and teeing up a historic floor vote right before the holiday break,” as Fox News [3] noted.

“The committee adopted both articles, alleging abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, on a party-line vote of 23-17.”

“A final roll call in the full House is expected next week, which could trigger a Senate trial in the new year just as presidential primaries are set to get underway,” the outlet also noted.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) [4], however, has said he may acquit the president if and when the matter comes to the Senate.

McConnell reportedly is seeking to vote on acquittal to clear Trump of charges brought against him by the House Democrats — 67 votes are required for conviction — rather than “simply rely[ing] on a 51-vote threshold procedural motion to dismiss the hotly disputed case.”

The Republican senator himself has hinted this might be the approach he uses.

“It could go down the path of calling witnesses and basically having another trial or it could decide — and again, 51 members could make that decision — that they’ve heard enough and believe they know what would happen and could move to vote on the two articles of impeachment,” he said.

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