If you had a choice between being stuck on a desert island forever with either Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) or Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), which one would you choose? Neither choice would be very appealing. Jerrold Nadler is the House Judiciary Committee Chairman who had some type of gastric bypass surgery and can no longer control his bowels in public. Adam Schiff is the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and would very much like for you to never see his internet browser history.
The two men were the “leaders” of the first fake impeachment of Donald Trump and neither one seems like they’d be very much fun to hang out with. But after you hear this story, you just might like one of these men better than the other.
The members of the Democrat Party are notorious for almost never talking out of line. If two Republican congressmen get in a spat about something, it instantly makes national headlines. But when it’s two Democrats, we almost never hear about what they’re fighting about, who won or anything else. They maintain radio silence on their internal spats. Every once in a while, though, something leaks out and gets published.
That’s what just happened with the new book, “Unchecked: The Untold Story Behind Congress’s Botched Impeachments of Donald Trump.” The book was written by a couple of liberal reporters, but it has some great insider information about what happened during the fake impeachments of Donald Trump.
Even though all previous impeachments throughout history were initiated in the House Judiciary Committee, Nancy Pelosi decided to initiate the Ukrainian phone call impeachment in the Intelligence Committee. She wanted Adam Schiff to run the sham impeachment, and she sidelined poor little Jerrold Nadler.
You could call Jerrold Nadler a lot of different things, but “a good lawyer” is not one of those things. Pelosi didn’t want Nadler messing up the opportunity to impeach Trump, so she sidelined him. By giving the job to Adam Schiff, that also allowed Democrats to hold hearings behind closed doors, claiming that the evidence against Donald Trump was classified. Trump’s lawyers couldn’t cross-examine witnesses in the House because they didn’t have high enough security clearances, and the American people couldn’t see the whole truth about why they were trying to impeach our president. Phonies.
But according to the book “Unchecked,” Nadler wasn’t happy about this. The book alleges that Nadler wanted to conduct a by-the-book impeachment – out in the open, in the Judiciary Committee, with Trump allowed to confront his accusers and refute the fake “evidence” against him. Nadler reportedly told Adam Schiff:
“It’s unfair, and it’s unprecedented, and it’s unconstitutional.”
Here are four words I thought I’d never type in this lifetime: Jerrold Nadler was right.
Nadler and Schiff then proceeded to have a sissy slap-fight over who would get to lead the impeachment. Schiff told Nadler that he was trying to “put us in a box” by having hearings out in the open. Gasp! Heaven forbid Congress should follow the historical precedent of every past impeachment and do it out in the open! That was the last thing that Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi wanted. A behind-closed-doors impeachment worked much more in their favor.
Nadler also pointed out to Schiff and Pelosi, “If we’re going to impeach, we need to show the country that we gave the president ample opportunity to defend himself.”
But a fair trial with ample opportunity for Donald Trump was the last thing Pelosi and Schiff wanted. They didn’t want to Trump’s lawyers a chance to speak publicly, because the 2020 elections were coming up. They were worried that transparency could lead to Trump’s lawyers saying something that would hurt the Democrats’ chances for reelection, according to “Unchecked.”
Jerrold Nadler fought for due process for Donald Trump during the first fake impeachment, according to the book. I would have lost that one in a quiz. Adam Schiff’s response to Nadler’s request for due process in the impeachment was reportedly, “F*** Donald Trump.”
The book’s authors come to the only logical conclusion from all of this. Trump never got a fair trial in the Ukraine impeachment, despite the fact that the Senate acquitted him of all charges. But Jerrold Nadler wanted to at least attempt to make it a fair trial, so… credit where credit is due. Jerrold Nadler tried to do the right thing, while Pelosi and Schiff set out to do everything wrong.