Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) is one of the few Democrats who aren’t insane. Yes, that club has lost a lot of members since 2016. She’s still a liberal Democrat, but she’s not nuts. She has noted how identity politics has hijacked her party. She hates it when people generalize all Trump supporters as racist. And she warned her party in 2016 that the Clinton campaign was ignoring the Rust Belt, and her state, at their peril. Now, she’s observing that the overtly partisan public impeachment hearings are pretty much accomplishing what Russia wants with this circus: division. And it’s the Democrats leading that charge because…‘orange man, bad.’
Fox Business host Charles Payne interviewed Dingell where he commented on how a partisan impeachment push is accomplishing things Russia has only dreamed of concerning sowing division in Washington.
“I think some of this has probably been caused by some of the actions that they’ve taken,” replied Dingell.
Is that a subtle shot at Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)? Schiff is the chair of the House Intelligence Committee who held the first series of public hearings that really didn’t do much. The needle hasn’t moved in impeachment. It’s still unpopular in battleground states. No one watched it. No one cared. And the witnesses were pretty much career bureaucrats who were huffy because they disagreed with Trump on Ukraine policy.
Yeah, the hill Democrats are willing to die on is that the president tried to shake down the Ukrainians in a July phone call, where Trump threatened to withhold military aid unless a corruption probe was opened into Hunter Biden’s position at Burisma. Aid was never withheld. In fact, Trump’s Ukraine policy has teeth unlike Obama, who refused to dole out military aid out of fear of hurting Putin’s feelings.
During these hearings, it was revealed that the president could legally put a hold on aid. This is shoddier and more pathetic than the Russian collusion narrative that turned out to be a total myth.
And at the beginning of this impeachment push, Schiff held preliminary depositions in secret. Selective transcripts were released to the press. He even directed witnesses to ignore GOP questions. And hours of testimony were summarized for GOP committee members to read, but only in the presence of a Democratic aide. Impeachment is serious political hardball. It has to be an open process and at the start, it was anything but that. We all knew the ballgame would be a clown show. This only added legitimacy to Republican criticism that what was about to transpire was akin to a North Korean kangaroo court. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) is not the most public figures in the party when it comes to access to the media or doing television hits. She has become Trump’s top defenders, a key member in this linebacker corps that is calling out Schiff and his antics for the public to know. That’s how bad this all has become.
Oh, and did we mention that this Trump-Ukraine fiasco got off the ground because some reported CIA agent, who is also a registered Democrat and a person who has worked with a 2020 candidate, filed the complaint, but not after making contact with Schiff’s staff before officially filing the report. Schiff has bestowed an imaginary legal blanket over this person, protecting his identity. Schiff’s staff knows it. He probably does as well; he knew the contents of the complaint as he was planning the impeachment offensive against this White House. Talk about collusion, folks.
So, yeah, maybe these actions have increased the partisan atmosphere with this production on the Hill, right? Also, if this whole impeachment clown show is doing what Russia wants, does that make Schiff and his minions are Russian agents? Hey, these are the Democrats' rules. I'm just asking for a friend?