House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., talks to reporters about the release by the White House of a transcript of a call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Voldymyr Zelenskiy, in which Trump is said to have pushed for Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his family, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
You know how paper looks after it’s gone through a shredder? It comes out in those crinkly little strips. That’s how Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) probably felt after Rep. Debbie Lesko’s (R-AZ) time was up during the House Rules Committee meeting on Wednesday.
Lawmakers were discussing the “new” impeachment inquiry resolution released on Tuesday by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Schiff.
PBS‘ Karli Bonne posted a series of clips from this meeting. But the first is the one to watch.
Lesko goes through the document, section by section, and simply eviscerates Schiff. She points out the sheer lunacy of it. It’s a beautiful thing!
As the clip begins, Lesko is studying a copy of the new resolution which she has marked up and she’s in the middle of a slow monologue. She’s in disbelief over the unfairness of it all.
“…On page 4, it says basically that Rep. Nunes, the ranking member on Intelligence needs the permission of Chairman Schiff to subpoena witnesses…unlike what happened in the Nixon and Clinton hearings.”
A gentle male voice is heard saying, “Will the gentlelady yield?”
Lesko ignores him momentarily. Looks up for a moment, says, “I will when I’m done. Thank you.” She continues.
“Um, and then on page 5, line 3 forward. Chairman Schiff is not required to make public all transcripts. He can pick and choose or he can choose not to make any transcripts public.”
Peruses the transcript. Continues.
“Adam Schiff determines what he deems appropriate to include in his report. If you think this is fair, this is not fair. At all. And so the title of this is really misleading to the American public.”
“I went previously and asked, ‘Can I see the testimony?’ I’m a member of the Judiciary Committee and I’m going to be voting on this in Judiciary Committee. Yet I can’t see the testimony as has been done in both Republican and Democrat leadership in the past under the Nixon and Clinton impeachments where it was done in the Judiciary Committee. It was open. It was open to the public, and you said, Ken Starr, well he’s an independent counsel.”
“I’m sorry. Adam Schiff is not an independent counsel. In fact, he has made repeated statements over and over and over again that he wants to impeach the President.”
God bless her!
Watch the video.
This evening, Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) reported the following:
I am in the Rules Committee room where Democrats are marking up their impeachment resolution.@RepDLesko offered an amendment requiring any evidence which is exculpatory regarding the President to be given to the Judiciary Committee.
Democrats rejected it.
— Morgan Griffith (@RepMGriffith) October 30, 2019
Bonne’s thread continues: