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Tom Del Beccaro: 7 impeachment hearing takeaways – Plus winners and losers

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After the first two days of Trump impeachment hearings by the House Intelligence Committee, it seems few people have changed their minds about whether the president should be impeached. We need to settle back in our seats because neither side is giving an inch.

Did the Democrats strengthen their case against President Trump? Who were the winners and losers? Did former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch have it right when she testified Friday that she can’t say if President Trump bribed anyone or committed a crime?

Time will tell, but here are my seven takeaways and some winners and losers from the first week of public impeachment hearings, held Wednesday and Friday.

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 The stock market doesn’t care 

All of the U.S. stock exchanges are at or near all-time highs. Could it be that the bull market assumes that the impeachment hearings will amount to nothing? Or that investors know Trump is not going to be removed from office by the Republican-controlled Senate, and therefore there is no threat to the markets in the year ahead? It would seem so.

The hearings are a political TV show

The Watergate hearings considering the impeachment of President Richard Nixon truly uncovered facts. The House Intelligence Committee hearings chaired by Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., now underway are not fact-finding hearings.

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All of the witnesses that Schiff has called or will be calling to testify have had their depositions taken. That means the Democrats already know exactly what their witnesses will say in advance of the public hearing.

As a result, Democrats have scripted their leading questions to score political points – not to uncover facts. Republicans are also able to undertake cross-examination based on what they already know.

This is not an inquiry. This is a made-for-TV political event.

Most Americans don’t find the hearings all that interesting

To their credit, the cable TV news networks are providing full coverage of the hearings. Americans have full access, yet the ratings so far are lower than the congressional hearings for former FBI Director James Comey in 2017 and now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh last year.

Does that mean that public interest in impeachment is lukewarm? That the public doesn’t trust the impeachment process? Or that most people already have their minds made up on whether Trump should be impeached, as 70 percent said in a recent poll? Or does it mean that most Americans are getting tired of Washington political battles?

Frankly, it is likely all four. Regardless of the exact reason, lukewarm ratings aren’t indicative of a coming rise in support for impeachment.

 Do policy differences warrant impeachment?  

Three State Department officials have testified so far. A huge percentage of their testimony has been about their opinions and feelings about the Trump administration’s foreign policy goals and conduct. Since when are policy differences the basis of impeachment?

New facts not coming out

There are not many facts in play. If there were, why would Yovanovitch have no information on the call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that prompted the impeachment inquiry, or events thereafter? Why were the first two witnesses “hearsay” witnesses who were barely involved?

Devoid of new facts, the Democrats sought Friday to portray President Trump as a bad guy who was grossly unfair to ambassadors. Is that impeachable?

The imperial Schiff

The late Rep. Peter Rodino, D-N.J., only reluctantly oversaw impeachment proceedings against President Nixon in the House. In contrast, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Schiff has been going after President Trump for the past two years.

Schiff has lied about the facts related to the Trump-Russia collusion investigation and lied about his panel’s contacts with the whistleblower regarding the Trump-Zelensky call on Ukraine. Now he has designated himself the inquisitor in chief in the Trump impeachment inquiry.

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Schiff and the partisan counsel for the committee, who pushed the Steele dossier and the lies about Trump’s conduct, have repeatedly asked leading questions chock-full of “facts not in evidence.”

Yet, Schiff warned witnesses this week not to answer Republican questions that included “facts not in evidence.”  Meanwhile, he continues to block the testimony of the whistleblower and refuses to give Republicans the transcripts of certain witnesses.

In short, Schiff is running an unfair hearing. Don’t expect that to change as he continues to deny Republicans the right to call certain witnesses, including the so-called whistleblower, despite the assurances of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Schiff that the whistleblower would be a witness.

More proof that this is a staged event – not an actual inquiry.

A political brawl

Given all of that, and the last three years of attacks on President Trump, can anyone be surprised that the president tweeted and spoke poorly of a witness – former Ambassador Yovanovitch?

Always remember that President Bill Clinton and his team relentlessly attacked witnesses and Independent Counsel Ken Starr in the Clinton impeachment – including two women who made sexual misconduct accusations against Clinton.

As for the current impeachment hearings, they are designed to politically wound President Trump at the least – and at most remove him from office. From all we know of Donald Trump, you could well expect more of punching back from this President – all to the delight of his supporters and to the benefit of his fundraising.

Winners & Losers

 Winner: Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., for standing up to Schiff on the Intelligence Committee.  She wouldn’t be silenced by Schiff and read old tweets from him in which he said the Ukraine whistleblower would testify before the committee – a position Schiff now rejects. Republicans have found a young star. The Democrats must be worried about Stefanik because they are already attacking her.

 Loser: Democratic presidential hopefuls. They are all being pushed off the front page because of impeachment coverage, and those serving in the Senate will be sidelined attending Trump’s Senate trial if he is impeached in the House.

 Winner: Ukraine. It is getting so much attention that it must seem to be the center of the world for many TV viewers.

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 Loser::Former Vice President Joe Biden. The witnesses have made clear that Ukraine is a swamp and that his son was highly paid to serve on the board of a Ukrainian natural gas company. This was – at the very least – a conflict of interest. Every day Biden is tied to Ukraine is not a good day for his already sliding campaign.

Loser. Due process. In the context of these hearings, that assumes equal treatment, reciprocally applied. That is not happening and apparently will not happen. That is the worst thing of all for everyone.

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Liberal host Cenk Uygur officially running for Katie Hill’s vacant congressional seat

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Liberal host Cenk Uygur is officially running for Congress in hopes of filling the vacant seat left behind by Rep. Katie Hill, D-Calif., following her resignation.

Uygur, the founder of the progressive digital network The Young Turks and a former MSNBC host, announced Thursday evening that he was launching a campaign for California’s 25th congressional seat, which previously belonged to Hill before she stepped down amid controversy.

“I’m running for Congress to represent CA-25. If we fight together for this seat, it will be the People’s seat,” Uygur tweeted.

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Hill officially resigned from Congress earlier this month after she was accused of having multiple inappropriate relationships with subordinates, including a reported relationship with a congressional staffer that sparked a probe by the House Ethics Committee.

George Papadopoulos, a former campaign aide to President Trump, also recently filed paperwork to launch a bid for Hill’s old congressional seat.

Papadopoulos was a key figure in the investigation over ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. The probe began after revelations that Papadopoulos had learned in 2016 from Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud that Russia had “dirt” on presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the form of thousands of emails. The aide then used that connection to try setting up a meeting between Trump, then a Republican presidential candidate, and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and cooperated in former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. He was sentenced last year to 14 days in prison.

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Liberal host Cenk Uygur officially running for Katie Hill’s vacant congressional seat

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Liberal host Cenk Uygur is officially running for Congress in hopes of filling the vacant seat left behind by Rep. Katie Hill, D-Calif., following her resignation.

Uygur, the founder of the progressive digital network The Young Turks and a former MSNBC host, announced Thursday evening that he was launching a campaign for California’s 25th congressional seat, which previously belonged to Hill before she stepped down amid controversy.

“I’m running for Congress to represent CA-25. If we fight together for this seat, it will be the People’s seat,” Uygur tweeted.

REP. KATIE HILL ADMITS TO ‘INAPPROPRIATE’ RELATIONSHIP WITH CAMPAIGN STAFFER, VOWS TO COOPERATE WITH ETHICS PANEL

Hill officially resigned from Congress earlier this month after she was accused of having multiple inappropriate relationships with subordinates, including a reported relationship with a congressional staffer that sparked a probe by the House Ethics Committee.

George Papadopoulos, a former campaign aide to President Trump, also recently filed paperwork to launch a bid for Hill’s old congressional seat.

Papadopoulos was a key figure in the investigation over ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. The probe began after revelations that Papadopoulos had learned in 2016 from Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud that Russia had “dirt” on presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the form of thousands of emails. The aide then used that connection to try setting up a meeting between Trump, then a Republican presidential candidate, and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and cooperated in former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. He was sentenced last year to 14 days in prison.

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Nancy Pelosi hopes impeachment-related vote will bust Republicans’ ‘illegitimate’ process narrative, Brit Hume says

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A vote to set the ground rules for the impeachment inquiry process is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s way of busting a key Republican argument, according to Brit Hume.

Pelosi, D-Calif., scheduled a vote to establish parameters of the Trump impeachment inquiry as a way to stop the GOP from claiming it’s an “illegitimate process,” Hume said Monday on “Special Report.”

“I think that what she’s doing is, she’s trying to take away the Republican argument that this whole thing is tainted because it’s the product of an illegitimate process — in part because there was never a full House vote to commence the impeachment inquiry,” he added.

Hume noted Pelosi’s planned roll call wouldn’t be that type of vote either.

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“This vote is, I gather, to approve the next steps in an investigation the House never authorized in the first place — at least that’s what I think Republicans will argue,” the Fox News senior political analyst said.

He added that Senate Republicans would hold the final vote in any impeachment process — whether or not to convict a president of offenses listed in House articles.

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Hume said any examples Republican senators could then cite to make claims about illegitimate inquiries and “tainted” investigations would help them make a case to acquit President Trump if the impeachment process were to reach the Senate.

Earlier Monday, in a letter sent to fellow House Democrats, Pelosi said the resolution “affirms the ongoing, existing investigation” and “establishes the procedure” for future investigative steps.

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She continued, “We are taking this step to eliminate any doubt as to whether the Trump administration may withhold documents, prevent witness testimony, disregard duly authorized subpoenas, or continue obstructing the House of Representatives.”

Fox News has learned the vote is set to take place Thursday on the House floor.

Fox News’ Alex Pappas contributed to this report.

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Rep. Katie Hill resigns amid ethics probe into reported affair with staffer

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Rep. Katie Hill, D-Calif., announced her resignation Sunday after a string of reports shining a negative light on her personal life, including a reported affair with her legislative director that sparked a House Ethics Committee investigation.

Hill tweeted on Sunday evening, “It is with a broken heart that today I announce my resignation from Congress. This is the hardest thing I have ever had to do, but I believe it is the best thing for my constituents, my community, and our country.”

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On Thursday, the political fallout for Hill escalated as more compromising photos of the freshman lawmaker surfaced amid a House Ethics Committee inquiry into her behavior.

The Daily Mail on Thursday published one photo of what appeared to be Hill undressed and holding a bong, and another of her kissing a staff worker on her congressional campaign, who was reportedly involved in a “throuple” relationship  with Hill and Hill’s husband, Kenny Heslep.

The new photos emerged shortly after the conservative website RedState.org posted screenshots of several text messages between Hill and the staffer detailing the reported end of their three-person relationship earlier this year and reported on intimate pictures including a nude photo of Hill brushing the staffer’s hair.

According to the texts that were shown, Hill wanted to focus on her work and suggested that “political risk” was a factor.

Fox News has not verified the authenticity of the photos.

Hill also released an official statement on Sunday writing, “This is what needs to happen so that the good people who supported me will no longer be subjected to the pain inflicted by my abusive husband and the brutality of hateful political operatives who seem to happily provide a platform to a monster who is driving a smear campaign built around cyber exploitation.”

“Having private photos of personal moments weaponized against me has been an appalling invasion of my privacy. It’s also illegal, and we are currently pursuing all of our available legal options.”

Hill, an openly bisexual congresswoman and the vice chairwoman of the powerful House Oversight Committee, admitted Wednesday she had an “inappropriate” relationship with a female campaign staffer.

The California Democrat did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment. However, in a letter sent to constituents on Wednesday and obtained by Fox News, Hill acknowledged that in the final years of what she called an “abusive marriage,” she began a relationship with the unnamed campaign staffer.

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Fox News’ Michael Arroyo and Andrew O’Reilly contributed to this report.

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Adriana Cohen: Trump-hater Adam Schiff unfit to lead impeachment inquiry – He must be replaced

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Republican leaders on Capitol Hill must demand that Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., immediately recuse himself from leading the Trump impeachment inquiry. There simply cannot be fair, impartial and legitimate impeachment proceedings with a known partisan and conspiracy theorist like Schiff at the helm of such a serious undertaking.

And serious it is. In a democracy, we have free elections. Voters select their leaders – including the president of the United States. No self-respecting Americans should allow their constitutionally enshrined votes for Donald Trump in the 2016 election to be overturned by corrupt Deep State operatives and corrupt politicians – especially those with a documented history of lying.

After all, it was Schiff who went on TV hundreds of times in the past few years spreading damaging propaganda and conspiracy theories about the president and his administration, accusing them of colluding with Russians to steal the 2016 election.

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Schiff insisted repeatedly there was ample evidence of such collusion, yet after a thorough 22-month special counsel investigation, no evidence was found – or charges brought – against the president or his associates for conspiracy.   

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That alone is enough to disqualify Schiff – an extreme partisan and Trump-hater – from the impeachment proceedings.     

Strike 1.

Add to it that Schiff recently lied about having any contact with the whistleblower, whose complaint filed with the intelligence community inspector general in August was the catalyst for the impeachment mess that’s tearing our country apart.

Turns out Schiff’s office did consult – if not coach – the whistleblower on how to file his or her complaint with authorities, unbeknownst to Congress. Schiff then hid this information from the media when asked, earning him four Pinocchios by The Washington Post.   

Strike 2.

Then there’s Schiff’s televised late-September spectacle before Congress with millions of Americans watching. He manufactured what was said during President Trump’s July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Instead of reading directly from the official transcript the president swiftly released, Schiff literally made stuff up and acted out a parody.     

Someone please inform the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee that attempting to nullify the votes of the 63 million Americans who elected the president isn’t a comedy skit on “Saturday Night Live.”     

If the president said anything that rose to “high crimes and misdemeanors” during the controversial phone call, why didn’t the liberal lawmaker just read verbatim from the transcript?     

It’s because there was no there. So Schiff lied and inserted his own opinions and embellishments, further eroding his credibility – something he vanquished during the #RussiaHoax.     

Strike 3.

And then there’s the California congressman’s glaring hypocrisy. In 2017, he tweeted: “Have concluded Sessions must step down. His testimony was misleading, his explanation not credible and an independent prosecutor is needed,” referring to Trump’s former attorney general, Jeff Sessions, whom Schiff and other Democrats demanded recuse himself from the Russia investigation.     

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In the spirit of fairness, if an attorney general must recuse himself from an important investigation for allegedly misleading the public, why not Schiff for doing the same? Shouldn’t he be living by the same standards he imposes on others?     

But wait! There’s more.     

Also during the Russia probe into the 2016 election, Schiff, now-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.; and other Democrats demanded that former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., recuse himself for allegedly withholding information from committee members, conducting secret meetings with the White House and other actions.

In 2017, Pelosi issued a statement saying: “Speaker Ryan must insist that Chairman Nunes at least recuse himself from the Trump-Russia investigation immediately. That leadership is long overdue.”     

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Again, Democratic and Republican members of Congress should hold Schiff to the same standard as Nunes. A failure to do so will further convince voters the entire impeachment inquiry is exactly what Trump says it is: a partisan witch hunt, warranting its termination.

From what we’ve seen so far, there needs to be an intervention. Schiff must go. 

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Jim Jordan defends GOP lawmakers who stormed impeachment inquiry room

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House Freedom Caucus Member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, defended Republican lawmakers who stormed the sensitive compartmented information facility room where Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., was about to hold a Trump impeachment inquiry hearing.

Jordan claimed Wednesday on “The Ingraham Angle” that Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has not been transparent as he leads the impeachment inquiry.

“Here’s the fundamental question — There’s one person who started this whole thing — the whistleblower — in the whistleblower’s complaint, bullet point number one, he says over the past four months more than half a dozen U.S. officials gave me the basis for this complaint,” Jordan said.

“To date, we dont know who any of those people are. So 435 members of the House who represent over 300 million people in this great country and only one member of Congress — Adam Schiff — knows who the whistleblower is, and who those more than half a dozen U.S. officials who gave him the information that formed the basis of his complaint [are].”

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Jordan said his fellow Republican members are frustrated with the level of transparency and fairness in the process.

“Adam Schiff is doing this unfair, partisan process in secret and our members finally said, ‘Enough’,” the Ohio lawmaker said.

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“We’re so frustrated. They reached a boiling point and these guys marched in and said we want to know what’s going on because we represent three-quarters of a million people back home in our districts and they’d like to know what’s going on because you guys are trying to take out a president 13 months before an election.”

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In addition, Jordan and Reps. Steve Scalise, R-La., and Bradley Byrne, R-Ala., reacted to House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson writing a letter to House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving, requesting action be taken against those members who stormed the SCIF with their phones — which he said was a breach of policy.

Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, claimed in the letter the members “intentionally brought their electronic devices into a SCIF.”

“Such action is a blatant breach of security, violates the oath all members of Congress sign,” Thompson continued.

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Reps. Biggs and Gaetz: Trump fulfilling campaign pledge and saving US lives by pulling military out of Syria

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When Donald Trump was running for president, he campaigned on ending endless wars and bringing members of the American military home. Last week he ordered the few special operations forces on the Syria-Turkey border to withdraw and has drawn heavily criticism from the Washington bubble for “abandoning our allies” – the Kurds.

A Republican leader has described this as “catastrophic” and at least one long-time member of Congress has said he is no longer on the “Trump train.”

One ought not to minimize the contribution to defeating ISIS made by a segment of the Kurds. To our military, these fighters were comrades in arms. However, the geopolitical landscape has changed, and President Trump is implementing a policy that hopefully will produce a more stable Middle East.

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If my colleagues wish to continue prosecuting the congressionally unsanctioned war in northern Syria, they can introduce a resolution that authorizes military force. They can then make their case that our involvement there is due to an articulable national security interest.

Trump’s withdrawal will result in predictable outcomes, including saving U.S. lives. Turkey wishes to gain a portion of northern Syria in order to place Sunni Muslims in that area.

The PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party, the Marxist branch of the Kurds) and Turks have deep-rooted animosity. The PKK has declared war on Turkey and carried out terrorist attacks in that country. Our own State Department deems the PKK a terrorist organization.

An offshoot of the PKK, the YPG (People’s Protection Units), is the ostensible mercenary partner enlisted by the U.S. against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

However, the Turks are concerned about U.S. cooperation with the YPG because they don’t see any separation between the PKK and YPG. In fact, it has been reported that a high-ranking State Department official admitted just this week that the YPG is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK.

All of this is incredibly complex. President Trump has offered to mediate between Turkey and YPG but has been predictably rebuffed by Turkey.

Meanwhile, Russia wants to defend Syria’s preexisting borders. It views Damascus as an ally. Kurds of many different political persuasions have begun to partner with Syria –and its ally Russia – but they will increasingly face a new Sunni Turkish buffer in the north. This buffer, by extension, will also complicate Shiite Iran’s perennial desire to influence Syrian affairs.

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The Trump strategy will likely simplify the balance of power in the entirety of Syria, thereby increasing the chance of stability. In any event, the morass that has existed there for centuries – felt more acutely these recent decades – will not get worse.

Additionally, there is little chance that Russian influence will increase as U.S. efforts wind down in Syria: this great power will never risk antagonizing Israel, and it will continue to have its hands full keeping Syria and Iran in line while watching what Turkey will do next.

Trump’s strategy has the potential for success because it forces regionally interested parties to balance against each other. Any good foreign policy realist will tell you that there is more chance for lasting peace when parties balance their interests against their adversaries.

Frankly, a realist approach – long neglected in Washington – is far more likely to bring geopolitical peace and stability than our decades-long liberal approach.

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The loudest voices we hear from Washington advocate for the status quo. But how long is the United States supposed to protect the PKK from the Turks? Is it to be, as one former Republican presidential candidate said, maybe 100 years?  And who are the Kurds in Syria, after all? They are a people without a nation or state, nor are they unified.

President Trump’s congressional critics have the option of passing a resolution on the use of force if they insist on further U.S. intervention in northern Syria. If we do not begin bringing home our troops now from Syria, when will Trump’s critics acquiesce to end our intervention there or anywhere else?

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Rep. Ken Buck: Trump impeachment inquiry deeply flawed and unfair – Hearings should be public

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Until recently, the House Intelligence Committee occupied a unique space in Congress by avoiding partisanship and open acrimony. Members selected to sit on the committee were given the trust of overseeing our most secretive programs, access to the most classified information, and the responsibility of ensuring this information does not fall into the wrong hands.

The selection process for membership and the committee rules are also unique. The speaker of the House and the minority leader personally interview and select members. The committee meets behind closed doors and its deliberations are rarely discussed in public.

The Intelligence Committee is the last committee that should conduct an impeachment proceeding. Impeachment should be based on a fair process. Fairness requires open proceedings so that the public can evaluate the demeanor and credibility of each witness.

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Using secretive proceedings to investigate the president invites distrust that will further divide our country.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has weaponized the Intelligence Committee. In the process, she has ruined the last vestige of bipartisan cooperation on Capitol Hill. Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., is the least likely member to lead a credible investigation. He has consistently exploited the trust of his position for partisan purposes.

Schiff said this year that “there’s clear evidence on the issue of collusion” between the Trump election campaign and Russia in the 2016 presidential election. Last year, Schiff said President Trump “may be the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time.”

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Of course, the American people now know that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation concluded there was no collusion between Trump or his campaign and Russia.

Shortly after the existence of an intelligence whistleblower complaint that raised concerns about a phone call between President Trump and the president of Ukraine became public, Schiff stated that neither he nor his staff had contact with the whistleblower prior to the filing of the complaint.

But we now know that Schiff’s staff had previously interviewed the whistleblower. This has caused many to question whether Schiff’s staff coached the whistleblower.

Schiff is now engaged in impeachment hearings, questioning witnesses behind closed doors. In a total lack of transparency – and contrary to every prior instance involving presidential impeachment – this process is occurring outside of the full view of the American people.

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Democrats are selectively disseminating information from these closed-door proceedings to unfairly characterize President Trump’s actions. This is occurring before witness transcripts can be released to the public to put these statements in proper context.

The Intelligence Committee’s special status in Congress enabling it to operate outside of public scrutiny was never meant to be used to manipulate public opinion.

The American people deserve better. If Democrats want to engage in a legitimate impeachment inquiry, the House should follow precedent and immediately hold a vote to authorize an inquiry.

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The investigation should allow the president’s counsel to assert relevant privileges, encourage the minority to call witnesses, and protect due process by being fully transparent and open to the public.

Anything less will prove the partisan nature of this impeachment and will do great damage to the integrity of the Intelligence Committee and America’s long-term national security interests.

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Reps. Brady, Foxx, Walden: Speaker Pelosi, together with Dems, we can lower drug prices — Let’s get to work

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The cost of prescription drugs is way too high. Tracy Bush, a 45-year-old mother and an active and accomplished food allergy blogger from Pfafftown, North Carolina, knows this firsthand. Tracy always has two EpiPens on her. Her son, age 17 now, carries another. This practice began when he was diagnosed with serious allergies as a 2-year-old. This is life for Tracy, and for thousands of other parents across America.

But when a drug company charges $1,819.08 for three EpiPen two-packs – and the medicine in the device costs only a few dollars – alarm bells go off.

Since 2008, the price of EpiPens has skyrocketed by over 400 percent. Over the same time period the CEO of Mylan Pharmaceuticals, the maker of EpiPen, saw her salary go from $2.4 million to $18.9 million – a 671 percent increase. Tracy has felt the impact. Over the course of nine years, she saw a two-pack go from $146 to over $600.

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You see this gross inequality and emotion immediately rushes in – a mix of anger, frustration, and desperation. You know—we know—this is not fair. This is why the American people say lowering prescription drug costs should be a major health care priority for Congress. We are the top Republicans on the three Congressional committees that work on health care and we agree. We hear you.

Americans pay too much for prescription drugs under the current system. It is not fair. That’s why Republicans have pushed for legislation to increase competition, transparency, and accountability so people pay less at the counter for their prescriptions.

House Democrats’ obsession with impeachment since November 8, 2016, is leading us down a path to have the least productive Congress in recent history, leaving us with no progress on an issue that more than <a href=”https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.kff.org_health-2Dreform_poll-2Dfinding_kff-2Dhealth-2Dtracking-2Dpoll-2Dseptember-2D2019_&d=DwMGaQ&c=cnx1hdOQtepEQkpermZGwQ&r=kaAUPcZhpO1MvBc6jwa0VBiGZWXka6ART1tFuyQjLfc&m=M_I6ysnuSfCcN0dehblXq8nVWeCFO3NMg6T-5twhoQI&s=tKEc55w46AWtxtX6JrNKwQLBcaj_4FFZNQNl_Cx9agY&e=”>70</a> percent of Americans want Congress to address.

Under Republican leadership, we worked with our fellow Democrats to make real progress. The 21st Century Cures Act was passed in 2016 – an innovation game-changer for medical research while also speeding up access to treatments for patients.

Then in 2017, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) Reauthorization Act was signed into law leading to the approval of 971 generics, or copies of brand name drug, including the first generic version of the EpiPen. Congress saw a problem, put aside politics, and made progress for families like Tracy Bush.

We started to do that this year, too. Republicans and Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee moved three significant and bipartisan bills to the U.S. House floor in May. The CREATES Act, Pay for Delay, and the BLOCKING Act each removed barriers for generic drugs to get to consumers faster – pushing back on bad behavior from big pharmaceutical companies gaming the system and preventing competition. These policies would help bring down drug prices at the counter – an obvious win for the American people.

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Enter Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The Speaker of the House opted to discard months of bipartisan work to put politics over progress. This Washington Post headline nailed it, “Democrats are putting a political pothole in the way of bipartisan drug pricing bills.” She snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, forsaking a bipartisan win on lowering drug prices for the American people.

Republicans were not deterred; we went back to work. Republicans and Democrats started working to modernize the already successful Medicare Part D program, which covers prescription drugs for seniors.

The Bush-era law has been a major success, with premiums falling to the lowest levels since 2013. A bipartisan deal was being negotiated to provide further benefit for seniors – including for the first time, ever, an out-of-pocket cap on their drug expenses.

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Like clockwork, Speaker Pelosi entered the fray with her partisan drug pricing scheme – written behind closed doors. The Speaker’s drug plan attempts to nationalize the prescription drug industry through foreign price controls, retroactive tax penalties, arbitrary inflation caps, and federally mandated “negotiations,” which amount to nothing more than government extortion and price-setting. And as for Medicare Part D modernization? Once Speaker Pelosi’s plan was introduced, bipartisan negotiations ceased, making clear the Democrats’ position is their way or the highway. Bad news for seniors.

We want to work with Democrats to lower drug prices, but the Speaker’s partisan policies will not work. For one, they could lead to higher prices for consumers. Not lower. These policies would lead to limits on access, making prescription drugs less available. Not more. And these policies will freeze innovation, reducing the investment in advanced treatments to cure serious illnesses – like Alzheimer’s and cancer. We will not see the next generation of cures, and Americans will suffer because of it.

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House Democrats’ obsession with impeachment since November 8, 2016, is leading us down a path to have the least productive Congress in recent history, leaving us with no progress on an issue that more than 70 percent of Americans want Congress to address. But there is still time to right the ship. We’re asking our colleagues, please work with us on solutions that can actually become law.

We can lower drug prices for seniors, workers, and families to help the American people if we work together; it does not have to be this way, Madame Speaker.

Reps. Brady, Foxx and Walden are the top Republicans on the three House committees that work on health care.

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