Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, joined at left by, Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., Rep. Bradley Schneider, D-Ill., and Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., prepare to walk out of the hearing room briefly after waiting Republican members of the committee to arrive more than an hour after the scheduled start time for a markup session, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. The panel was meeting on their months-long standoff with the Justice Department on the request by the Republican-controlled committee for documents related to the origins of the FBI’s Russia investigation and the handling of its probe into Democrat Hillary Clinton’s emails. Democrats charge the subpoena undermines special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s Russia ties and whether there was obstruction of justice. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Last week, Fat Jerry Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, issued a demarche to the White House. They had until 5 p.m. today to announce whether or not the White House would participate in the Stalinist show trial being conducted.
Today the White House responded.
This was never a serious offer and it got the curt dismissal is deserved. Nadler’s letter makes clear that the same rules will apply to the Judiciary Committee proceedings as did to Schiff’s carnival sideshow and Nadler’s management of Wednesday’s fiasco showed that he is, if anything, less capable of conducting an impartial fact finding hearing than Schiff.
The real agenda behind the letter was to attempt to place Trump in the position of either participating in the sham trial and, thus, giving it legitimacy or forcing Trump to be silent about the unfairness and lack of due process afforded him should he decline to participate.
Nadler is going to find out in rather short order that his strategy was not based on reality. Trump has no desire and no reason to give the proceedings credibility by participating (I might have sent Corey Lewandowski as my rep just to make things lively). Further, the chance that he will remain silent for fear of criticism by Nadler and the progressive media network is somewhat less then me winning the Powerball.
Now Nadler is not only under pressure from Pelosi to bring matters to a quick conclusion, he will also have President Trump weighing in constantly on his actions. The nation has already seen the impeachment process for the partisan hatchet job that it is, by the time the White House gets finished discrediting Nadler and his cohorts, Nancy Pelosi might find a final vote on the articles of impeachment a lot more interesting than she had wished.