Jerry Nadler: “We Cannot Rely on an Election” to Remove Trump
Written by Luis Miguel
The House Judiciary Committee began the first phase of its “markup” process for the two articles of impeachment against President Trump on Wednesday as the impeachment process moves closer toward a final floor vote.
The committee’s chairman, Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), said in his opening statement that the House “cannot rely on an election” to remove President Trump.
“We cannot rely on an election to solve our problems, when the president threatens the very integrity of that election,”
he told fellow members of the committee, arguing that the president’s conversations with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky about Joe and Hunter Biden, along with the White House’s delay in providing military aid to Ukraine, constitute an “urgent” national security threat.
“This committee now owes it to the American people to give these articles careful attention,”
Nadler added at the start of the markup proceedings for the two articles — one for abuse of power and one for obstruction of Congress.
Nadler said the situation gave him a “heavy heart” and that there were three questions for Congress to determine: whether President Trump actually committed to acts of which he is being accused, whether those acts constituted the “high crimes and misdemeanors” the Constitution establishes as grounds for impeachment, and what national security consequences exist should Congress not take action.
The Judiciary Committee’s ranking Republican, Representative Doug Collins of Georgia, asserted that Democrats have been looking for a pretext to impeach the president since he took office.
Collins noted that Zelensky has denied on various occasions that President Trump pressured him, for which Democrats have called the foreign leader a “liar.” Collins also took issue with Judiciary Committee Democrats for bringing in as witnesses anti-Trump legal scholars with no first-hand knowledge of the facts in question.
Collins reminded his colleagues that former President Barack Obama withheld lethal military aid to Ukraine over concerns about documented corruption there.
On Wednesday night, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a justification for the White House’s withholding of aid to Ukraine, which OMB described as a “programmatic delay” that was necessary to “ensure that funds were not obligated prematurely in a manner that could conflict with the President’s foreign policy.”
Collins and Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R- Wis.) made the observation that, unlike previous presidents facing impeachment, President Trump has not been accused of any crime defined by law, as neither “abuse of power” nor “obstruction of Congress” are recognized state or federal crimes.
In his opening statement during the markup process, Representative Louie Gohmert (R-La.) made reference to the report released by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz this week. While the report concluded that the FBI did not have an anti-Trump bias in pursuing an investigation into the president’s ties to Russia or in obtaining a surveillance warrant for Trump advisor Carter Page, it did acknowledge that the Bureau violated its own procedures.
As Gohmert recounted to the Judiciary Committee, the Horowitz report found that the FBI relied extensively on the largely debunked (and DNC/Clinton campaign-financed) Steele dossier as the basis for getting the FISA warrant to spy on Page — to the point that the FBI’s legal counsel described the warrant as “essentially a single source FISA” wholly dependent on the dossier.
For years, Democrats and mainstream-media outlets have falsely reported that the dossier was not key to the FISA warrant on Page. They have also falsely stated that the dossier was corroborated, even though the document is full of unsubstantiated claims, such as the following:
• That former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen went to meet with Russian hackers in Prague
• That Russia possessed an obscene blackmail tape about President Trump
• That Page accepted a bribe of a 19-percent share in a Russian company
• That the Trump campaign was paying Russian hackers out of a Russian consulate that doesn’t exist
As the Horowitz report also revealed, the CIA told the FBI that Page had contacts with Russians from 2008 to 2013, but that Page reported them to the FBI and was serving as an informant and operational contact for the agency.
But an FBI lawyer doctored the CIA’s e-mail about Page to make it appear that they only said he was not an active source, omitting the fact that he was working with the CIA voluntarily and presenting the e-mail as evidence Page was a “foreign agent.”
Faced with the threat of political backlash, some Democrats from districts won by President Trump in 2016 are seeking support for the option of censuring the president rather than impeaching him.
Luis Miguel is a writer whose journalistic endeavors shed light on the Deep State, the immigration crisis, and the enemies of freedom. Follow his exploits on Facebook, Twitter, Bitchute, and at luisantoniomiguel.com.
Courtesy of The New American