Democrats need to abandon their impeachment inquisition | TheHill

White House’s refusal to participate in House Democrats’ “impeachment inquiry” has sparked the predictable political firestorm in Washington.

While Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is trying to disguise this political ruse with the respectable regalia of a legitimate “impeachment inquiry,” all Americans should be wary of the secret inquisition that is actually underway.This isn’t about truth and justice, it’s about hatred and fear – hatred of this president and his policies, and fear that he will be reelected to a second term.

Just take it from my fellow Texas Rep. Al Green, a Democrat, who went so far as to say: “I’m concerned if we don’t impeach this president, he will get reelected.”The way the Democrat leadership has handled impeachment violates both our collective conscience and our Constitution.

It flies in the face of not only basic transparency and fairness, but also the due process rights upon which our republic was founded.By abandoning the past precedent of holding a full House vote to open an impeachment inquiry – maintained by Republicans and Democrats alike – the Speaker is depriving the president and his administration the right to retain counsel, call witnesses, and cross-examination.

Sadly, the House chamber is being turned into a political circus. The once-reputable Judiciary and Intelligence committees are being reduced to nothing more than campaign operations.Moreover, this inquisition is being carried out through depositions shrouded in secrecy, with the exception of cherry-picked leaks from Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).

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