This past Tuesday, Speaker Pelosi sent this Dear Colleague letter to House Democrats. In the letter, Speaker Pelosi wrote “Sadly, Leader McConnell has made clear that his loyalty is to the President and not the Constitution. Leader McConnell has insisted that the approach under consideration is identical to those of the Clinton trial and that ‘fair is fair.’ This is simply not true. This process is not only unfair but designed to deprive Senators and the American people of crucial documents and testimony. Under the Clinton trial, witnesses were deposed.”

I’m being charitable when I say that Pelosi’s paragraph is dishonest. First, Sen. McConnell hasn’t said that the rules would be rigged against Democrats. In fact, he hasn’t ruled out calling witnesses. Sen. McConnell, like the vast majority of senators in the chamber, has formed an opinion on President Trump’s guilt or innocence. (Does anyone think that Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Corey Booker, Elizabeth Warren and Michael Bennet are impartial? They’re running for president.)

Further, there’s nothing fair about Adam Schiff’s hiding of deposition transcripts from House committees. In that case, Schiff hid deposition transcripts of “Tim Morrison, the National Security Council’s outgoing senior director of European and Russian affairs and White House deputy assistant; Jennifer Williams, Vice President Mike Pence’s special adviser on Europe and Russia; David Hale, undersecretary of state for political affairs; and Philip Reeker, a top State Department diplomat in charge of U.S. policy for Europe” from the Intel Committee Republicans. As a result, congressmen couldn’t question anyone about that testimony.

Ms. Pelosi, what part of that sounds fair?

The House called multiple witnesses to testify. They even subpoenaed them to testify. When these people refused to testify, the House didn’t file a lawsuit to compel the witnesses to testify. Apparently, Democrats didn’t think these people’s testimony was that important. Further, it isn’t the Senate’s job to investigate. If the Democrats wanted to do a thorough job with their part of this, they should have forced these people to testify. It isn’t the Senate’s responsibility to fix the House’s sloppy work. The Senate’s responsibility is to try impeachment cases.

Sen. Schumer is trying to get testimony from 4 witnesses:

The Trump situation could not be more different. The witnesses in question, Mulvaney, Bolton, Blair, Duffey, refused to testify in the House even though they were deeply involved in the events in question. Unlike the Clinton trial witnesses, who cooperated and gave testimony during the Starr investigation, these Trump officials refused, on the President’s orders, to testify or provide documents. They are in possession of information that’s directly relevant to the allegations in the articles of impeachment, yet the Senate is being denied that information because of Senator McConnell’s opposition to hearing it.

If these witnesses were that important, why didn’t House Democrats file the lawsuit to compel these witnesses’ testimony? If House Democrats didn’t get a court to compel these men’s testimony, their testimony isn’t that important.

If Sen. Schumer wants to whine about witnesses not testifying, he should complain about Chairman Schiff for his mishandling of his part of the impeachment.

I encourage you to review the attached document from Leader Schumer, which exposes Leader McConnell’s misleading claims about the Clinton trial process that are being used to justify the GOP’s decision to cover up witnesses and documentation that would fully expose the President’s wrongdoing.

If Speaker Pelosi is going to accuse Sen. McConnell of a coverup, she’d better accuse Chairman Schiff of covering things up, too. Further, Sen. McConnell hasn’t ruled out depositions or testimony at this point. This is just an assumption on Pelosi’s part.

Impeachment is only half of a two-step process. Accusing a president of committing high crimes and misdemeanors isn’t something that should be done in a rush. The Declaration of Independence says that people shouldn’t change governments “for light and transient causes.” I’d argue that elections shouldn’t be overturned “for light and transient causes”, either.

President Trump deserves his day in court to clear his name. To play games with the impeachment process is the opposite of justice.

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