Before the holidays, if you remember, the House of Representatives voted to impeach the president on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The vote came months after a whistleblower complaint that alleged Trump tried to use the power of the presidency to coerce Ukraine to investigate the Bidens for his own political interests. President Trump and his associates maintain his request was not politically motivated and that he wanted to root out corruption.
According to a few Republican lawmakers, the campaign against the president was a sleazy, sleazy process. And the main culprit, they alleged, is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
On "Hannity" Monday night, Reps. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) and Matt Gaetz (R-FL) recalled hearing threats on the Democratic side of the aisle as the votes proceeded.
“It’s not just that Nancy Pelosi raises money for her political caucus, it’s that Nancy Pelosi uses that money as a political weapon against anyone who would potentially vote against impeachment," Gaetz said. "Andy and I observed active threats on the House floor that if the Blue Dog Democrats did not go along with the radical left of the Democratic Party and support impeachment, that they would not be supported by the DCCC."
Biggs said he's talked to Democrats behind the scenes whose hands are tied because, again, Pelosi has bullied them with her power of the purse.
"Some of them I’ve talked to quietly on the side want this to go away," Biggs said. "They wish it had never happened. But Nancy Pelosi’s got them, because she raises money for them.”
It was the only "quid pro quo" Gaetz said he observed throughout the impeachment process.
Right now Pelosi is threatening to withhold the articles of impeachment from the Senate, where this process is expected to head for a trial. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is demanding to hear from new witnesses and see new documents, making Republicans wonder if their Democratic colleagues have truly made their best case to impeach the president.
"This has been a huge mistake for the Democrats," Biggs said.