On Friday, Liz Cheney dropped a put-up-or-shut-up bombshell right into Speaker Pelosi’s lap that puts Pelosi in an impossible situation. Ms. Cheney made the following demands:
Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., on Friday called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to release the full transcripts of all depositions in the Trump impeachment inquiry, and demanded the end to what she called “selective leaking” of documents to the media.
“Despite the vote in the House on October 31, House Democrats continue to conduct the partisan effort to impeach the President in secret,” Cheney wrote in a letter to Pelosi.
“Your duty to the Constitution and the American people, as well as fundamental fairness, requires that you immediately release the full transcripts of all depositions taken since you pronounced the beginning of an impeachment inquiry on September 24, 2019,” the letter says.
During Thursday’s impeachment debate, Pelosi indicated that she wants more transparency and accountability:
Ms. Pelosi needs to prove that “transparency and accountability” are more than just pleasing-sounding words. If she wants to give vulnerable freshmen Democrats a shot at re-election, she needs to be sincere. Thus far, she’s been the opposite of sincere. That won’t convince people that you’re fair-minded. It’ll convince people that you’re playing a game.
Playing a game during something serious like impeachment is the best way to tell people that Democrats aren’t serious about making Americans’ lives better. That’s the fastest ticket to the minority. This gamesmanship won’t help Democrats retain their majority, either:
“I get it, my friends across the aisle want to talk about process, process, process,” Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., said. “But it’s interesting that not one of them wants to talk about the president’s conduct — and that speaks volumes.”
Let’s be clear about this. With the transcripts hidden in Schiff’s SCIF and the witnesses’ testimony, aka the witnesses answers to questions, off-limits to the public, how much substance is available to talk about? Further, with Schiff’s interrupting of witnesses and acting like Lt. Col. Vindman’s defense attorney, it’s impossible to get beyond process.
Mack McLarty nailed it with this:
McLarty said he believes that Trump is trying to do a version of what “President Clinton was able to do pretty successfully with the benefit of history,” which is to say he is still “engaged in [fighting] and working for the American people.”
“President Clinton was able to compartmentalize that if you will, and he chose to have separate tracks. To date, President Trump has not chosen to have separate tracks,” said McLarty. “But, I think it’s important that the American people feel that their president is still engaged in working with them and has his eye on the ball of the myriad of issues, challenges and problems.”
“I think as Americans we’re all concerned about our government, about our country and about the people in our country and how we can make our country better. So, in that regard, no one welcomes this kind of controversy, further division within the country, and an impeachment process,” he said.
Each time Schiff, the Democrats’ Impeachment Committee Chairman, acts like the Democrats’ key witnesses, it’s proof that Democrats aren’t fair. Then there’s this:
“Chairman Schiff has likewise refused to allow any inquiry by Republicans into these material facts which may bear on the credibility and motivation of the whistleblower and perhaps Chairman Schiff,” Ratcliffe said. “Republicans have been and continue to be deprived of the ability to investigate these material facts which can only be ascertained from the sworn testimony of Chairman Schiff, his staff and the whistleblower.”
If Schiff and Pelosi don’t release the transcripts of the witnesses’ testimony, the American people will know that Democrats aren’t serious about anything other than shoving impeachment down the American peoples’ throats.