Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) made a false statement during her interview on ABC News’ “This Week,” with host George Stephanopoulos.
Pelosi falsely stated Democrats are fighting in court to have the witnesses with knowledge of matters related to Ukraine testify.
Her false statement was in response to a video clip where Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins said, “the House chose not to go to court to enforce its subpoenas, so there are gaps in what the House has sent us.”
Pelosi responded, “We are in court on the witnesses. It could take a very long time.”
Pelosi: "Clinton allowed witnesses to come forward. Pres.Trump has prevented that from happening."@GStephanopoulos: "Why not wait for the courts to rule?"
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) January 12, 2020
The problem for Pelosi is there are no pending court cases targeting these individuals.
The Washington Examiner explains:
But no Ukraine controversy figures, including none of the four impeachment trial witnesses requested by Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer — White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, former Mulvaney senior adviser Robert Blair, Office of Management and Budget official Mike Duffey, and former national security adviser John Bolton — have been brought to court by Democrats to enforce the subpoenas they ignored, and Bolton was never subpoenaed at all.
President Trump encouraged Stephanopoulos to challenge Pelosi with questions.
George @GStephanopoulos, ask Crazy Nancy why she allowed Adam “Shifty” Schiff to totally make up my conversation with the Ukrainian President & read his false words to Congress and the world, as though I said it? He got caught! Ask why hearing was most unfair & biased in history?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2020
Speaker Pelosi decided to hold the articles of impeachment and not send them to the Senate for a trial.
The failure to send them to the Senate undermines House Democrat’s urgency argument to fast track the impeachment process and the delay even caused Senate Democrats to complain.
Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said last week, “We are reaching a point where articles of impeachment should be sent and we should have votes on whether witnesses will be called.”
Similarly, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said, “If we’re going to do it, [Pelosi] should send them over.”
Pelosi’s impeachment decision is backfiring and now she is lying to the nation about the biased process she and fellow House Democrats pursued against President Trump.