Former GOP Spox Turned Dem on Impeachment: It's Time to 'Fight Fire With Fire'

Posted: Dec 14, 2019 5:00 PM

Kurt Bardella, the former Deputy Communications Director for the House Oversight Committee under Chairman Darrell Issa, became a Democrat back in 2016. And now he's providing insight and advice to Democrats on how to punch back at Republicans during the impeachment battle.

"If you were advising the Democrats right now on what they should be doing with these impeachment hearings in order to keep the public focused and to keep Republicans from doing what they did with Benghazi here, what would you advise them to do?" MSNBC's Joy Reid asked.

"They need to start fighting fire with fire, Joy," Bardella replied. "Every time they [Republicans] say 'Hunter Biden' why aren't they responding with, 'What about Jared Kushner? What about Ivanka Trump? What about Donald Trump's tax returns?'"

According to Bardella, Democrats need to play clips and soundbites of Republicans "like Jim Jordan, Mark Meadows and Louie Gohmert, when they were all for congressional oversight and hearings and subpoenas when they were investigating Barack Obama." 

"There are a litany of soundbites you can play of these guys declaring Congress has the authority to get witnesses, to get documents, to compel truth. Why don't they ever throw that back in their face during these hearings?" Bardella asked.

No one takes issue with government oversight. What Americans take issue with is a partisan witch hunt against a duly elected president. Democrats are focused on President Trump asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, for corruption. After all, Hunter was being paid more than $50,000 a month to sit on the board of a natural gas company despite having no natural energy experience. 

Democrats are focused on ousting Trump for asking about the corruption but they aren't about getting to the root of the corruption that led us here in the first place. 

When Republicans investigated Fast and Furious it was because Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was killed with firearms that the ATF allowed to walk over the border. An innocent Border Patrol agent died as a result of a gun walking scheme orchestrated by the Obama administration.

When Republicans wanted to get to the bottom of Benghazi it was because U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens; CIA contractors Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty; and USFS officer Sean Smith died during the attack. Those who were stationed at a nearby annex – including Woods and Doherty – were ready to respond to attacks on Stevens' compound but the top CIA official in Benghazi told them to stand down. Lawmakers wanted to know why that decision was made. 

These are hardly apples to apples comparisons.