by Sharon Rondeau
(Oct. 24, 2019) — In an evening of fast-breaking news Wednesday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told Sean Hannity that he plans to have U.S. Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz to testify to his committee “pretty soon” (0:44 in video).
In recent months, Graham has pledged investigations into the origins of the Russia “collusion” probe, but some believe he has fallen short of his promises. On Tuesday, he said he would introduce a Senate resolution declaring the House of Representatives’ “impeachment inquiry” “illegitimate.”
On Wednesday Hannity posited that the inquiry, officially launched by the House one month ago today, lacks due process and is therefore unconstitutional, a contention with which Graham agreed. “
His reference was to former President William Jefferson Clinton, who was impeached by the House of Representatives in 1998 but, after trial by the Senate, not removed from office.
Democrats claim that Trump abused the power of his office in a July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a claim the latter president has denied. An anonymous “whistleblower” complaint reportedly served as the catalyst for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s declaration of the “impeachment inquiry” on September 24.
Graham said that in regard to the impeachment process, the Senate does not consist of “just jurors.” “We can actually make motions to dismiss Articles of Impeachment,” he told Hannity. “Here’s what I promise your audience I’ll do: If they continue to treat President Trump this way, if they continue to try him behind closed doors, deny him the ability to confront his accuser and this process results in an impeachment article, I will move to dismiss it in the Senate because I think it’s illegitimate and unconstitutional, and I will do it not only to help President Trump, who deserves to be helped, but to protect future presidents from kangaroo-court proceedings in the House. All I’m asking Democrats to do is have a transparent process like we did with Clinton so the American people can make a decision as to what happened and not rely on a bunch of Democrats to tell us what happened.”
Changing subjects, (4:44), Hannity raised the much-anticipated “FISA abuse” report Horowitz has reportedly completed but which has not yet been released publicly. To Hannity’s claim that the “dirty dossier” paid for by the DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign was utilized to obtain FISA warrants on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page and amounted to “premeditated fraud on a court,” Graham said, “The bottom line, Sean…Horowitz has finished his report; the only thing left to do is to make sure there’s no classified information that would hurt our national security and notify people that are mentioned in the report to get their input. So it’s done; we’ll be getting it pretty soon.”
“that other impeachments were initially handled by that committee, then turned over to the full House for a vote.”
One thing that folks are forgetting is that both of the House’s impeachment inquiries (Nixon and Clinton) had investigations done for them. In Watergate the Senate Watergate Committee and Special Prosecutor Cox followed by Jaworski interviewed witnesses and gathered information which was then sent to the House Judiciary Committee to debate and draft articles of impeachment. In Clinton’s case there was the Special Prosecutor Ken Starr.
Let the investigation run its course.
Remember, they only get one shot at it, there is no plan B.
Thanks, today I am trying to be less negative and I am maintaining hope……..It’s just the crippled snail slowness of anything done by government and the refusal, so far, of any of the people supposedly going after the truth to ever mention the subject of Obama’s ineligibility and identity fraud which gets me down.
I do remember it being said by Zullo and others that this must be presented slowly to the citizens of America and they need to be prepared over time for the “big release”.
I am upbeat today, but being 76 means “Time is Tight”, which also happens to be the title of my favorite instrumental by Booker T and the MG’s :)…Check it out. Music is my outlet from politics and I spend a lot of time enjoying it.
Also, if you go to the website “Gateway Pundit” and click on “roberted” at one of my comments you can read a few of the 9,500 comments at my discus log on the subject of, The Obama Fraud.
This is only the investigation phase of the impeachment inquiry. As the CS Monitor story indicates the Intelligence Committee may be taking the lead because the original whistleblower complaint was from the intelligence community and may involve both a foreign government and classified information.
As for secrecy, there will be public hearings once witnesses are deposed, their deposition transcripts will be released.
As to precedent, after the investigation phase, the Judiciary Committee will draft articles of impeachment.
“Democrats expect that when the Ukraine investigation is concluded, its findings will be passed on to the Judiciary Committee to craft articles. But there has been no determination yet as to when that transition would occur”
Have patience, remember the Arpaio birth certificate investigation has still not released the two expert reports. And through out their investigation they said they were not releasing everything they knew.
Hi Bob…always enjoy your insightful comments and opinions. I too, hope you are wrong. The fact of the matter is that Trump was provided evidence of Barry’s identity fraud back in 2011. He KNOWS the TRUTH. And…Trump does not like to lose.
Judge Napolitano’s take on the impeachment inquiry.
For those interested in impeachment – the committee report on impeachment drafted after Nixon’s resignation. Used in the Clinton impeachment and being referred to in the Trump impeachment inquiry.
Since the Constitution says the House “shall have the sole Power of Impeachment” how exactly is this unconstitutional?
There is no House rule requiring a vote to begin an impeachment inquiry. The most recent impeachment was of Judge Samuel Kent. In his case, a resolution for impeachment was referred to the Judiciary Committee which after an investigation voted articles of impeachment which then the whole House voted on.
When Congressman Kucinich introduced a resolution of impeachment against President Bush, it was not voted on by the House but referred to the Judiciary Committee which took no action.
BTW, for the last two impeachment’s voted on by the House of Representatives, Adam Schiff was one of the members assigned to lead the inquiries.
Schiff was on the Judiciary Committee with Kent and Clinton: https://schiff.house.gov/news/press-releases/house-impeaches-us-district-judge-samuel-kent
Perhaps that is the objection: that other impeachments were initially handled by that committee, then turned over to the full House for a vote. Nadler, chairman of the current Judiciary Committee, appeared to have been conducting an investigation into impeachment, only to have it turned over to the Intel Committee. While perhaps not unconstitutional, it breaks with precedent.
Graham said, “The bottom line, Sean…Horowitz has finished his report; the only thing left to do is to make sure there’s no classified information that would hurt our national security and notify people that are mentioned in the report to get their input. So it’s done; we’ll be getting it pretty soon.”
I hope I’m wrong but something like this seems likely.
My interpretation of what may happen: Horowitz, the Obama appointed IG must be sure nothing is released which will point directly at Barry’s usurpation of America’s presidency as the number one reason for the coup attempt to remove President Trump the “birther” from office. That 2009 mother of all criminal acts against America’s citizens and her Constitution must be covered-up forever, and Hillary’s loss in 2016 cannot allow the truth about Barry to be fully revealed and acted on.
The above is required for the protection of the IG and all complicit in The Obama Fraud and, as the Deep State Globalist would say, “for the children”.