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Opinion Opinions | Trump just assured his own impeachment

22:45  07 december  2019
22:45  07 december  2019 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Trump meets French President Emmanuel Macron at Winfield House on Tuesday in London. © Evan Vucci/AP President Trump meets French President Emmanuel Macron at Winfield House on Tuesday in London.

President Trump all but assured his own impeachment Friday night, but not without kicking out two more legs of the defense of him Republicans had been making in the House.

For much of the past week, Republicans in Congress have been demanding that the House majority slow down the impeachment process.

“The issue that we have to deal with going forward is, why the rush?” Rep. Doug Collins (Ga.), the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, said this week

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“You set an incredibly short period,” Republican witness Jonathan Turley scolded at a hearing this week.

“It’s the fastest impeachment in history,” echoed House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.).

And for the past couple of months, Republicans in Congress have been demanding that Trump have the opportunity to defend himself in the proceedings.

“I find it unconscionable that they have not allowed the president to defend himself on the House side,” said Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-La.).

“Will he be able to defend himself?” demanded Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

“He has no way to defend himself,” said Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio).

But White House counsel Pat Cipollone, in his letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler ((D-N.Y.) on Friday, undermined both complaints: The letter served as a formal answer from Trump refusing the Democrats’ invitation for him to defend himself in the House proceedings, and it instructed Democrats to hurry up.

'Salem witches got better deals than this': Graham rages at Pelosi's impeachment announcement

  'Salem witches got better deals than this': Graham rages at Pelosi's impeachment announcement Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi following her Thursday morning announcement that she would be pursuing articles of impeachment against President Trump. © Provided by MediaDC: Washington Newspaper Publishing Company, Inc."Glad to see @SpeakerPelosi is 'keeping her word' to be thoughtful and prayerful about impeachment," Graham tweeted sarcastically. "One day after hearings involving law professors giving their opinions she is directing Articles of Impeachment be drafted. Salem witches got better deals than this.

“House Democrats have wasted enough of America’s time with this charade. You should end this inquiry now and not waste even more time with additional hearings,” it said, adding: "As the president has recently stated: ‘If you are going to impeach me, do it now, fast, so we can have a fair trial in the Senate, and so that our Country can get back to business.’"

Thus did Trump invite the House to move forward expeditiously with impeachment, assured that he would continue to obstruct the investigation, regardless of its length. The House has no option but to accept.

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One House Democrat goes on record opposing Trump impeachment .
Eight other lawmakers in competitive districts are currently on the fence ahead of the full House vote, according to an NBC News tally.An NBC News survey of more than 40 vulnerable House Democrats found only Rep. Jeff Van Drew, who represents the southern tip of the state, plans to vote against the articles of impeachment.

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