Dem Heavyweights (and Pencil Necks) Fight Over Trump

According to a new book, two of the powerful anti-Trump Democrats, Jerry Nadler, and Adam Schiff clashed over how to handle the ex-president’s first impeachment.

According to the forthcoming book, Reps Jerry Nadler of New York and Adam Schiff of California reportedly disagreed over how much power to give Nadler’s House Judiciary Committee and how it should have addressed potential “due process concerns” over the partisan proceedings. 

“It’s unfair, and it’s unprecedented, and it’s unconstitutional,” Nadler reportedly told Schiff, according to an excerpt from “Unchecked: The Untold Story Behind Congress’s Botched Impeachments of Donald Trump.” The book, written by Politico Playbook co-author Rachael Bade and Washington Post reporter Karoun Demirjian, will be published on October 18.

As reported by those in the media who have seen excerpts or advance copies of the book, Nadler felt that if the Judiciary Committee did not cross-examine witnesses, Trump and his attorneys would raise concerns about whether his due process rights had been violated.

Nadler reportedly wanted Democrats to handle charges Trump abused his power by freezing aid to Ukraine like the Judiciary panel handled President Richard Nixon’s impeachment before he resigned.

“If we’re going to impeach, we need to show the country that we gave the president ample opportunity to defend himself,” Nadler warned Schiff and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, per the book.

In the end, Schiff’s House Intelligence Committee took the lead role in handling Trump’s impeachment, a break from the historical tradition of the Judiciary Committee handling such proceedings. According to the authors, this was because Pelosi did not trust Nadler.

But the writers imply that it may very well have been the move that helped to sink any reasonable expectations of getting enough GOP Senators to go along with impeaching the 45th President.

As Nadler had anticipated, Trump’s lawyers would later make due process complaints the center of their defense during the Senate trial. Trump was later acquitted, with only one Republican, Sen. Mitt Romney, voting to convict him on the charge of abusing his power.

Romney was the first senator in US history to vote to convict an impeached president of their own party; perhaps if Nadler had his way, there could have been more, according to the authors.

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3 comments

  1. The DEMONcrats have so much hate towards TRUMP that they want him erased from memory, that no nads naddler and schitty adam schitt are about the worst congress critters that ever lived. Those two hate everything that is good about this country, everything that TRUMP did to make the country self reliant the DEMONcrats threw all the out the window, that schitty adam schitt and no nads naddler wanted the country beholden to other nations and other leaders. It all comes down to hatred of the country and of one party.

  2. I believe we need a complete sweep of Congress to include ALL members of the House and Senate and start over. These people are so idiotic and deeply entrenched in selfishness, bribes, corruption, violating the law and rules of each branch, and are nothing but a huge lot of Narcistic A-holes filling their pockets every day with kickbacks and bribes. When anyone comes along and rocks their money boat they get all excited and start attacking with a vengeance instead of curing the problem. When you have people such as Nancy Pelosi who has flagrantly abused her office for person gain with insider trading and the arrogance of other members it is a wonder how we have managed to survive as a nation at all.

  3. Both Nader and Schiff need to be voted out of office due to their constant arrogance and attitudes. They forgot what their original reason for being in Congress is all about, to represent their districts. What has either done for their districts over the last few years, absolutely nothing as they get hyper about Trump. Perhaps they should remember it is the People who vote representatives in office, not politicians. When Politicians for get their purpose it is time to remove them and put someone in office who does know why they are there, not fixating on falsely accusing anyone of this or that, lying about it, and continuing the lies and political deception.

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