Nunes’ Powerful Closing Statement: Impeachment Inquiry is a ‘Show Trial,’ ‘New Anti-Trump Operation’
House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., criticized the impeachment hearings on Thursday as a “show trial — the planned result of three years of political operations and dirty tricks.”
Nunes began his closing remarks on the hearing of Fiona Hill and David Homes by outlining a timeline from June 2016 to present to “illustrate the wide range of extraordinary attacks the administration faced.” He described events pertaining to the Steele dossier, the Trump-Russia impeachment effort and the Ukraine-call impeachment effort.
He also described statements indicating the motives behind the impeachment efforts. “May 4, 2019: On national television, a Democratic congressman proclaims, “I’m concerned if we don’t impeach this president, he’ll get re-elected,” Nunes said, quoting Rep. Al Green.
Nunes connected the two impeachment efforts over the Trump presidency. “The Democrats only needed a pretext. When their Russian dossiers and investigations failed to do the job, they move to plan B: the Ukraine hoax,” Nunes said. “This spectacle, with its secret depositions and mid-hearing press conferences is not meant to discover the facts. It was designed to produce a specific story line to be pushed forward by the Democrats and their supporters in the media.”
Nunes said he hoped House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., would clarify how much more time and effort would be wasted. “Will there be even more secret depositions accompanied by the flood of Democratic leaks? Will we have more public hearings with Democrat witnesses but not ours? My minority are in the dark about what this committee will be doing when we return. So is America.”
Nunes concluded, “This farce will soon move to the judiciary committee where impeachment rightfully belongs. I wish my Republican colleagues well in fighting this travesty and defending the idea — which at one time received bipartisan support not long ago — that the American people’s vote actually means something.”