Democrats thought there was nothing but smooth sailing ahead on impeachment.
They could not have been more wrong.
And Nancy Pelosi was just forced to admit this giant impeachment defeat.
For weeks, President Trump and his supporters hammered Democrats for the rigged witch hunt House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff was running.
Witnesses testified behind closed doors and Schiff selectively leaked portions of the testimony to frame the President as being guilty in this manufactured and phony scandal.
Democrats also denied the President due process rights to call his own witnesses or cross examine the ones Democrats brought before the committee.
These attacks began to stick, so Pelosi and her allies scrambled into damage control mode by announcing they would vote on a resolution formalizing their current impeachment process and laying out a timeline for public hearings as well, thus spelling out the due process rights afforded to the President.
The New York Times reports:
Representative Adam B. Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee chairman who is leading the inquiry, said that Democrats would not wait to fight the Trump administration in court as it moves to block key witness testimony. Instead, after Mr. Trump’s former deputy national security adviser defied a subpoena, he issued a warning: White House directives not to cooperate would only bolster the case that the president had abused his office and obstructed Congress.
By the afternoon, Speaker Nancy Pelosi added to that sense of urgency, announcing that after weeks of private fact-finding, the full House would vote on Thursday to initiate a public phase of the inquiry. That vote would establish rules for the public presentation of evidence and outline due process rights for Mr. Trump.
It will be the first time all House lawmakers will be asked to go on record on the investigation since it began in September, something Democrats had so far resisted.
“We are taking this step to eliminate any doubt as to whether the Trump administration may withhold documents, prevent witness testimony, disregard duly authorized subpoenas or continue obstructing the House of Representatives,” Ms. Pelosi said in a letter to colleagues. “Nobody is above the law.”
Pelosi’s surrender changes nothing.
Democrats are just voting to officially endorse the sham process they put in motion to try to remove the President of the United States from office and nullify the results of the 2016 election.
We will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.