To the surprise of no one who has been paying attention, the Democratic Party is now coming at President Donald Trump with everything they have.
The party continues to paint itself as the voice of reason, but impeachment looks to be a foregone conclusion with Democrats set on shaking the bushes until something damning runs out.
With control of the House, the party that made weaponizing the apparatus of the U.S. government a political tactic under President Obama, fired a huge salvo at Trump on Monday.
Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, launched a sprawling probe of President Trump’s family, administration and campaign, serving document requests to 81 agencies, entities and individuals, as part of a new probe into “alleged obstruction of justice, public corruption, and other abuses of power by President Trump,” Fox News reported.
More from the network on who is being targeted:
In addition to the White House, Nadler is also seeking information from Trump family members, like Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Jared Kushner; from former administration figures like former chief of staff Reince Priebus, former national security adviser Mike Flynn, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former spokeswoman Hope Hicks; and from Trump campaign figures like Brad Parscale and Corey Lewandowski.
In effect, the House committee is set to act like its own special counsel, which they will call exercising tight oversight, rehashing at taxpayer expense many of the same aspects Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating for nearly two years.
Which suggests they are not expecting Mueller to produce the goods on Trump.
Nadler, who would oversee any impeachment proceedings against Trump, said in a release: “Over the last several years, President Trump has evaded accountability for his near-daily attacks on our basic legal, ethical, and constitutional rules and norms. Investigating these threats to the rule of law is an obligation of Congress and a core function of the House Judiciary Committee.”
As for impeaching Trump, Nadler told ABC News on Sunday they have work to do to get the American people in their corner.
“We have to do the investigations and get all this. We do not now have the evidence all sorted out and everything to do an impeachment,” he stated. “Before you impeach somebody, you have to persuade the American public that it ought to happen.”
As for due process and being innocent until proven guilty, Nadler did away with these inconveniences when he was asked by anchor George Stephanopoulos if he thinks the president obstructed justice.
“Yes, I do. It’s very clear that the president obstructed justice,” he answered. “It’s very clear – 1,100 times he referred to the Mueller investigation as a witch hunt, he tried to – he fired – he tried to protect Flynn from being investigated by the FBI. He fired Comey in order to stop the Russian thing, as he told NBC News. He’s threatened – he’s intimidated witnesses. In public.
All of which means his committee probe is but a formality.
President Trump took to Twitter Sunday night to denounce what he called historic presidential harassment by “crazed” Democrats.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy responded to the chairman on ABC: “I think Congressman Nadler decided to impeach the president the day the president won the election.”
Buck Sexton, host of “The Buck Sexton Show” on radio and podcast, summed it up well in an op-ed published in The Hill.
With Russian collusion allegations collapsing, he pointed out that Democrats are now pursuing obstruction charges.
(And if that fails, the House Ways and Means Committee is expected to go after Trump’s tax returns.)
“The playbook of Democrats has been obvious all along,” Sexton wrote. “They are merely weaponizing the investigative and prosecutorial functions of government for partisan ends, under the guise of ‘congressional oversight.'”
“It is clear those on the left have an unhealthy hatred for Trump and will leap at any excuse to remove him from office instead of waiting for the 2020 election,” concluded Sexton. “They neither respect the decision of the American people in the 2016 election nor their right to vote in the next one. The Democrats are hellbent on finding any way they can to take down Trump. They could care less about whatever they have to obstruct or destroy in the process.”
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