House Republicans Slam Impeachment Hearings

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by Rodney Pelletier  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  December 4, 2019   

Report accuses Democrats of using impeachment as a political weapon

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WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - Republicans are criticizing Democrat-led impeachment hearings, calling them part of an "orchestrated campaign to upend our political system."

On Monday, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representative released a document titled "Report of Evidence in The Democrats' Impeachment Inquiry in the House of Representatives," which argues that House Democrats "are trying to undo the will of the American people" and block Trump's re-election in 2020.

The report bears the names of Devin Nunes of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Jim Jordan of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Michael McCaul of the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

It states, "The Democrats' impeachment inquiry is not the organic outgrowth of serious misconduct; it is an orchestrated campaign to upend our political system."

The document goes on to report, "The Democrats are trying to impeach a duly elected President based on the accusations and assumptions of unelected bureaucrats who disagreed with President Trump's policy initiatives and processes," adding, "They are trying to impeach President Trump because some unelected bureaucrats chafed at an elected President's 'outside the beltway' approach to diplomacy."

It further argues, "This impeachment inquiry and the manner in which the Democrats are pursuing it sets a dangerous precedent," going on to say, "The impeachment of a president is one of the gravest and most solemn duties of the House of Representatives."

"For Democrats, impeachment is a tool for settling political scores and re-litigating election results with which they disagreed," the document notes. 

The 123-page report says Democrats led by House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff have no evidence to support their claims that Trump misused his presidential authority or committed any crimes:

  • The evidence does not establish that President Trump pressured Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky during the July 25 phone call to investigate the President's political rival for the purpose of benefiting him in the 2020 election.
  • The evidence does not establish that President Trump withheld a meeting with Zelensky to pressure Ukraine to investigate the President's political rival for the purpose of benefiting him in the 2020 election.
  • The evidence does not establish that President Trump withheld U.S. security assistance to Ukraine to pressure Ukraine to investigate the President's political rival for the purpose of benefiting him in the 2020 election.
  • The evidence does not establish that President Trump set up a shadow foreign policy apparatus to pressure Ukraine to investigate the President’s political rival for the purpose of benefiting him in the 2020 election.
  • President Trump is not wrong to raise questions about Hunter Biden's role with Burisma or Ukrainian government officials' efforts to influence the 2016 campaign.

The report also discusses how Schiff has been conducting his investigations behind closed doors since the beginning and "publicly fabricated evidence and misled Americans about his interaction with the anonymous whistleblower — to selectively leak information to paint misleading public narratives, while simultaneously imposing a gag rule on Republican members."

CIA analyst Eric Ciaramella was outed in October as the alleged whistleblower used by Schiff to launch impeachment investigations. Despite nearly two months of hearings, Ciaramella has not been acknowledged by Democrats or asked to take the stand to give testimony. 

House Republicans noted, "The anonymous whistleblower who served as the basis for the impeachment inquiry has no firsthand knowledge of events and a bias against President Trump."
 

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