On January 20th, 2017, The Washington Post’s front-page headline read: ‘The campaign to impeach President Trump has begun.’
(Article by Congressman Matt Gaetz republished from Townhall.com)
Democrats have wanted to impeach the President since before the ink was dry on his election certificate. Now, three years later, Democrats have thrown themselves head-first into an impeachment craze by advancing a partisan impeachment resolution on the House floor and holding sham hearings without cause.
The left, amplified by the mainstream media, has pushed back against the Trump presidency in every way possible since the 2016 election, starting with Maxine Waters’ attempt to contest the certification of the electoral college count against the President’s historic victory.
Baseless accusations, fake news, and flat out lies have continually bannered newspapers and television screens for years.
The first formidable attempt by the left and the deep state to take down the President was the Russia Hoax. For nearly two years, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff lied to the American public about possessing ‘clear evidence on the issue of collusion’ against the President.
The left and the mainstream media went all-in on the Russia Hoax, and were shocked by the outcome: the Mueller Report failed to validate the absurd claims made by Eric Swalwell, Adam Schiff and many others on the left that the President colluded with Russia.
Democrats had peddled falsehoods to the American people, and now they were outed as liars.
Robert Mueller’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee was a disaster for the Democrats, and shattered the Democrats’ chances of impeaching Trump over any claims of “Russia collusion.”
Instead of admitting they were wrong, Democrats doubled down.
The Democrats pivoted from claims of collusion, to obstruction of justice. Then they moved to impeach Attorney General Barr and Justice Kavanaugh. Soon after, they began the Ukrainian sequel to the Russia Hoax. President Trump’s conversation with President Zelensky of Ukraine soon became the Democrats’ new Impeachment Du Jour.
Enter Adam Schiff. His philosophy was simple: keep the truth away from the American people by keeping the process hidden from public view.
For weeks, Schiff held closed-door hearings deep in the bowels of the Capitol, selectively leaking to the media while barring Republicans from releasing any information.
Adam Schiff’s star chamber tactics were unacceptable and set a dangerous precedent. The media consistently knew more about the hearings than most members of Congress. When I tried to attend a hearing, I was ejected.
I refused to stand by and let this circus continue.
Last month, over 50 of my colleagues and I held a press conference, demanding more transparency in the impeachment process.
The media downplayed the event by calling it a ‘charade’ and a ‘political stunt.’ But Speaker Pelosi suddenly decided to hold a vote on impeachment procedures — something she dismissed as a ‘Republican talking point’ a week earlier.
We won that battle, but the war rages on.
The Democrats called their impeachment procedures “fair” and “transparent.” But details matter, and the Democrats’ procedures are far from fair. The impeachment measure passed in the House gives precious few rights to the minority. It allows Schiff and Nadler to make up procedure as they go — setting a dangerous precedent. Schiff has recently announced he will not be calling all his past witnesses for public hearings. Instead, he is cherry-picking witnesses that further an anti-Trump agenda.
He isn’t worried about the truth, because he knows that the truth will exonerate President Trump and turn the public against impeachment.
The left and their media overlords will continue to push against President Trump because he poses an existential threat to the corrupt ideology that keeps them in power. If we’ve learned anything from the Democrats’ impeachment attempts, it’s that their “facts” don’t hold up in public.
The Democrats have thrived in darkness. But their lies now lay bare before the American people.
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