• Impeachment Mania: Schiff Says ‘Investigation Isn’t Going to End’

    Surge Summary: Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff assures the nation the effort to unseat Donald Trump via impeachment is nowhere near finished. From the look of things, “Impeachment fatigue” is settling in among the American electorate, which isn’t good news for the California representative or his party.

    Well … in case you were wondering, the impeachment merry-go-round continues whirling ever onward …

    Rob Quinn/Newser reports:

    The House Intelligence Committee may be turning over the impeachment process to the House Judiciary Committee soon—but Rep. Adam Schiff assures the investigation of President Trump isn’t over. He told CNN on Sunday the panel is moving ahead, compiling its report, even though several key witnesses — Mike Pence, Rudy Giuliani, and John Bolton, to be specific – have not testified.

    The Intell Committee Chairman insists the evidence already produced against the president is “overwhelming” and shows serious misconduct by Trump. Lots of smart folks, obviously, differ with that assessment but Schiff’s undeterred. He is not willing to, as he puts it, “wait months and months while the administration plays a game of rope-a-dope in an effort to try to stall.”

    More developments in Operation Get-Trump:

    No deadline. Schiff declined to say how long it might take for the panel to finish its impeachment report, saying “we’ll take the time that’s necessary,” the Washington Post He said that while they “may have other deposition and hearings to do,” they could be filed as addendums after the report is passed to Judiciary.

    What happens next. The Intelligence panel could complete its report as soon as this week, which it may have to do if the goal of holding a House vote on impeachment before Christmas is to be reached, the AP After the report is passed to Judiciary, that committee is expected to spend around two weeks holding hearings and voting on articles of impeachment before they are sent to the House floor for consideration.

    Schiff calls out Bolton. Schiff said the committee would not take former national security adviser John Bolton to court, but said he should have the “courage” to testify. “He will have to explain one day if he maintains that position why he wanted to wait to put it in a book instead of telling the American people what he knew when it really mattered to the country,” the Democrat said.

    Conway questions House vote. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Sunday that while the administration is preparing for “both eventualities,” she isn’t sure the House will vote to send impeachment to a trial in the Senate, Politico “You’ve got a lot of Democrats wringing their hands that they did not see … overwhelming, compelling, clear and convincing evidence,” she told CBS.

    (Y’know, all that stuff Schiff portrays a slam-dunk but which others, including, per Conway, some in his own party who are questioning.)

    Schiff won’t say how he’ll vote. Despite his leading role in the inquiry, Schiff declined whether he personally would vote in favor of impeaching the president. “I want to discuss this with my constituents and my colleagues before I make a final judgment on it,” he said.

    (Best, unavoidable response to that avowal from Schiff: “R-i-i-i-i-i-i-g-g-g-h-h-h-t” – replete with the requisite, heavy sarcasm.)

    Impeachment fatigue?The Hill reports that in a worrying sign for Democrats, polls show that impeachment fatigue may be setting in, at least among independent voters. According to FiveThirtyEight’s average of national polls, support for impeachment among independents peaked at almost 48% toward the end of October but has now slipped to around 41%.

    Nonetheless, the Washington Post, among other outlets, quotes Schiff pledging, “We’re going to continue our investigation … The investigation isn’t going to end, we may have other depositions and hearings to do.”

    This Ahab-Hunting-the-Great-White-Whale obsession of the California Congressman and his Donkey Party colleagues is precisely why many Americans – not a few of whom are not terribly thrilled with Donald Trump as Chief Executive – are nonetheless souring on his opponents’ electoral prospects. The Dems are hopscotching from one revolving pretext after another for drumming Trump from office. It’s transparently cynical, intellectually dishonest.

    It’s been said and bears repeating: the best thing that ever happened to the 45th president politically has been the nature of his unhinged opposition.

    H/T: Rob Quinn/Newser

    H/T: Washington Post Felicia Sonmez and Elise Viebeck 

    Image: Adatped from:  I. W. Taber – Moby Dick – edition: Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11179929

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