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by Sharon Rondeau

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(Dec. 18, 2019) — In an interview with Steve Doocy during the second hour of “Fox & Friends” Wednesday morning, House Judiciary Committee member and former federal prosecutor John Ratcliffe (R-TX4) said that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and all her colleagues are currently “held hostage by a deranged socialist mob” in voting affirmatively on the impeachment of President Donald Trump beginning at 9:00 a.m.

During the interview Ratcliffe confirmed he met with Trump Tuesday evening but would divulge only that they spoke about “strategy going forward,” referring to the U.S. Senate as the trier-of-fact following the expected impeachment in the House.

Ratcliffe said he predicts that House Democrats will again claim during the upcoming impeachment hearing that “the facts are undisputed” against the president amid recent demands by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for “more evidence and testimony” during the anticipated trial.  “It’s so duplicitous and disingenuous, but the American people will see through that,” Ratcliffe opined.

Two Articles of Impeachment, for “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress,” will be voted on today.

Democrats claim that Trump abused the power of his office during a July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy by “pressuring” him to launch or relaunch investigations into former Vice President Joseph Biden and his son, Hunter.  At the time the elder Biden was vice president and Obama’s liaison to Ukraine, Hunter Biden was given a position on the board of directors of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company known to the Obama regime as being tainted by corruption.

Amid strident criticism from the political left, Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, has recently claimed to have evidence that the Bidens were deeply involved in “Extortion, bribery & money laundering…” and that the DNC was engaged in “collusion w/ Ukraine to destroy candidate Trump.”

Over the course of the impeachment hearings, Democrats have repeatedly characterized Trump’s suggestion during the July 25 call that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 U.S. election as a “debunked conspiracy theory.”

Minutes before Ratcliff’s interview with Doocy, Trump tweeted, “Can you believe that I will be impeached today by the Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats, AND I DID NOTHING WRONG! A terrible Thing. Read the Transcripts. This should never happen to another President again. Say a PRAYER!”

The tweet follows a scathing six-page letter Trump sent to Pelosi late Tuesday afternoon accusing her of “subverting America’s Democracy…for your own selfish personal, political and partisan gain.”

“Nancy Pelosi is a smart politician, but she really ultimately probably does not want to be held in this vote, but she’s being held hostage by somebody, isn’t she?” Doocy asked Ratcliffe, to which he replied, “Absolutely.  All of the Democrats right now are being held hostage by this deranged socialist mob that has been obsessed with getting rid of Donald Trump for the last three years, and unfortunately the American people are paying a price for it because that’s what motivating her decisions here to move forward with something that she said wouldn’t move forward unless it was bipartisan, overwhelming and clear, and it’s none of those things.”

In April, Pelosi told The Washington Post that impeachment is “divisive” and must be bipartisan if it were to take place.

In the House Judiciary Committee Friday, there was no Republican support for the Articles, nor is any Republican expected to vote in favor on Wednesday.  When Doocy asked Ratcliffe how many Democrats might also vote against impeachment, he responded, “Fewer than I originally thought.  I was hoping there’d be a little bit more courage over there than it looks like there’s going to be, but they’re all scared of this socialist mob; they know they won’t survive a Democratic primary if they don’t support impeachment, and they’re just trying to survive today and they’ll worry about the general election in November.  But the American people will have the opportunity to impeach all of them come next November.”

“I think it’s going to be a short trial over in the Senate,” Ratcliffe concluded the interview, based on his claim that “there’s no crime and no victim.”

Update, 8:45 a.m.:  At approximately 8:39 a.m., Doocy and his co-hosts announced that Pelosi will not be presiding over the House debate Wednesday, but rather, Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO1).  It was not immediately clear why.

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