The Democrat-led House Judiciary Committee said in a Monday court filing that they have been conducting an impeachment investigation of President Trump since before Robert Mueller even submitted his report, contradicting previous statements made by Nadler and Pelosi.
According to Monday’s filing, the Democrats were already marching forward with impeachment one week before Pelosi stated in a WaPo interview that, “Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country.”
Recall, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler just stated a few weeks ago that “formal impeachment proceedings” were taking place during an appearance on CNN.
Fox News pointed out that Nadler said in May during a WNYC radio appearance that “there certainly is” justification for Congress to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump, but that it was critical for the American public to agree before launching the process.
“We’re going to have to have the investigation,” Nadler said in response to a question from a caller, adding that he was going to talk to colleagues about the possibility of a formal impeachment inquiry — all the while his committee was already secretly moving forward with the impeachment inquiry.
In other words, Nadler and Pelosi were lying to the public while secretly conducting their impeachment probe into President Trump. Shocker.
Fox News reported:
Democrats in the House Judiciary Committee suggested in a court filing Monday that they have been carrying out an impeachment investigation of President Trump since before Robert Mueller’s report was even submitted, which appears to contradict previous statements by committee chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
Nadler first claimed earlier this month that “formal impeachment proceedings” were underway when he filed a petition to get secret grand jury information from the Mueller report. But Monday’s filing in a separate case looking to compel testimony from former White House counsel Don McGahn suggested that it had already started on March 4 — weeks before Mueller sent his report to Attorney General Bill Barr on March 22.
“On March 4, 2019, the Judiciary Committee opened an investigation into ‘threats to the rule of law,’ encompassing alleged obstruction of justice, public corruption and other abuses of power by President Trump, his associates, and members of his Administration,” the filing says, adding that “one critical purpose of the Committee’s investigation is to determine whether to recommend articles of impeachment against the President.”
In a letter written to Nadler obtained by Fox News, ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, Doug Collins (R-GA) told Nadler that he is breaking the Rules of the House.
“It is beyond the scope of your authority, absent a vote of the full House, to prohibit other Members of the House from reviewing any materials in possession of the Committee,” Collins wrote, also pointing out that Nadler never received House authorization to conduct a “formal impeachment inquiry.”
“Without these formal steps, the Committee cannot possibly be conducting a ‘formal impeachment inquiry,’ as you claim it is,” Collins said.
The House previously killed the impeachment resolution brought to the floor by Rep. Green, so Nadler is circumventing the House by conducting his own impeachment investigation.
In their Monday court filing, the Democrats claimed that their authority for conducting their investigation is derived from their constitutional powers.
“Pursuant to its Article I powers, the Judiciary Committee is investigating Presidential misconduct,” the motion says. “Its investigation is critical to its determination whether to recommend articles of impeachment against the President, and will also inform its legislative and oversight functions.”
A federal judge recently took some wind out of Nadler’s impeachment sail, ruling against the House Dems on linking the McGahn and Mueller cases.
Nadler attempted to have the same judge assigned to Mueller’s case also assigned to their court fight to get testimony from former White House Counsel Don McGahn.
US District Judge Beryl Howell of the District of Columbia, an Obama appointee, recently denied Nadler and wrote in an 11-page memorandum that the connections between the two cases “are too superficial and attenuated” to meet the rigors for designating the cases as related. OUCH.