Furious at the U.S. victory over ISIS, Nancy Pelosi calls a vote for Thursday on the next steps of the impeachment inquiry.
On today’s Jay Sekulow Live we discussed the upcoming vote formalizing the impeachment inquiry on Thursday.
Over the weekend it was announced that the United States had two major victories against ISIS, with the deaths of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as well as likely successor, chief spokesman Abu Hasan al-Muhajir. Nancy Pelosi’s response has become let’s switch the conversation back to the impeachment inquiry in order to take back the news cycle.
This is not a vote for articles of impeachment, but for the rules on how to proceed going forward. The lack of due process is breathtaking in scope over the course of this so-called impeachment inquiry.
Due process is absolutely necessary at the beginning of the process and can’t be shoehorned in at the end. As Jordan Sekulow pointed out today: “There is no such thing as retroactive due process.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy set the proper tone today:
Due process starts at the beginning. It doesn’t affirm a mis-sham investigation all the way through. . . . In a legal term, it’d be the ‘fruit from the poisonous tree.’ It’d be a mistrial. None of this information would go forward. But what’s most important to the American public; we all have the phone call. We all have the transcript. We are all able to see there was no quid pro quo. The money was released, Ukraine did nothing and no action was taken. Where’s the crime? Where’s the impeachment? What’s the impeachable offense?
Congressman Jim Jordan weighed in today as well:
I think the reason she’s going to have this vote is because the American people understand it is a sham. They understand it isn’t fair. The idea that the President doesn’t get counsel in the room, the people from the State Department. don’t get agency counsel in the room, the minority gets no rights, we can’t even see the transcript unless we make a special appointment and some Democrats in the room as you’re reviewing the transcript, and they get to selectively leak things because we follow the rules and they don’t.
ACLJ Director of Government Affairs Thann Bennett summed up this situation perfectly: “Look, in order for due process to be worth anything at all it has got to be afforded before the process actually takes place.”
The due process is past due.
We’ll continue to keep you updated as there are more developments.
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