Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats thought they had the Trump administration on the ropes.
Pelosi authorized one fishing expedition after another to dredge up dirt the Democrats can use in an impeachment fight.
But President Trump turned Nancy Pelosi’s world upside down with this jaw dropping decision.
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler is at the tip of the spear of Pelosi’s impeachment plan.
Nadler fired off 81 document requests to the White House and Trump associates in order to kick start impeachment proceedings.
16 other committee chairs joined Nadler in demanding the Trump administration produce documents and witnesses to appear before Pelosi’s kangaroo courts.
But the Trump administration is not negotiating with the Democrats or rolling over for these witch hunts.
Their response is to turn over nothing.
As a result — despite high hopes among Democrats that they would quickly be in possession of troves of internal Trump administration documents, and grilling a succession of administration witnesses — a long and frustrating fight with Trump lawyers lies ahead, a fight that could end up in court. Splashy demands of the White House made in the early days of the new House Democratic majority, could take many months, possibly stretching well into 2020, to produce results.
Democrats are already furious over what they call the brazen stonewalling. But David Bossie, a Trump confidant and adviser who served as the House GOP’s lead investigator into the Clinton White House in the 1990s, predicted that Trump officials will face no serious legal consequences for ignoring the requests — and said they are justified in doing so because Democrats are waging what they call nakedly partisan inquiries.
“The White House is taking the exact right tactic to ignore the requests and see what comes of it,” he said. “I wouldn’t respect [the Democrats’] process.”
If Democrats can’t impeach Trump, they want to kill his 2020 re-election campaign through a “death by a thousand cuts” strategy.
Pelosi’s hope is that by holding countless hearings and dragging so many witnesses before Congress and getting their hands on millions of pages of documents, they can create an endless stream of embarrassing headlines that will sink the Trump re-election effort.
But Trump is wise to their ways and refuses to play Pelosi’s games so the Democrats are stuck with nothing.
They have no documents. No witnesses. And no hearings.
We will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.