(Tea Party PAC) – House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) is shedding light on the various ways in which House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) has paved the way for himself to cheat in the ongoing “impeachment inquiry” in an interview on Breitbart News Daily.
The biggest issue? Schiff is allowed to block testimony from White House witnesses.
Scalise noted the “impeachment inquiry procedures” laid out in the recently voted-on House resolution which gives Schiff the power to reject any witnesses proposed by the Republican minority.
“There are sections of the resolution that allow the [Adam Schiff] to literally have veto power over Republican witnesses,” Scalise explained. “There’s a section in the resolution that allows the chairman to literally kick the president’s legal counsel out of the room out of the room if he so chooses, not because there has been some wrong that was done, [but] just because, all at the whim of the chairman.”
Scalise compared these procedures with to those of previous impeachment proceedings for presidents Nixon and Clinton.
“Under the Clinton and Nixon impeachments, both sides had the ability to call witnesses [and] to subpoena witnesses,” Scalise stated. “Also, the president had the legal power to have his legal counsel in the room to question witnesses. All of that, today, is at the discretion of [Adam Schiff].”
Schiff is also empowered to obstruct the Republican cross-examination of witnesses, Scalise noted.
“Just this week, [Adam Schiff] directed the witness to refuse to answer certain questions that were asked by Republicans on the committee,” Scalise said. “So [Adam Schiff] literally is telling the witness not to answer certain questions Republicans are asking. That happened this week.”
Schiff’s secretive hearings held in a sensitive compartmented information facility (SCIF) has been allowing the Democrats to selectively leak any information from witness’ testimony.
Witness testimony, Scalise added, contradicts “mainstream media” characterizations of the hearings’ developments.
“It’s almost like [this is] the only way that [Democrats] can get their false story out, because if this was open to the public, my goodness, all the things that we’re hearing about what happened in that room completely go against all the reports that we’re reading in the media, because the media is only getting the things that Adam Schiff leaks to them,” Scalise said.
He added, “I took a few [Republican] members down there a week and a half ago, and we went just to see what was going on, and it was amazing how as soon as we walked in the room — and we were there just to watch, we’re voting members of Congress — [Adam Schiff] gets the witness, runs out of the room, and they shut the thing down, because they don’t want people to see what’s going on in there.”
The Democrats’ impeachment efforts, Scalise declared, are an attempt to “nullify” the 2016 election.