Chairman Smith Speaks Out Against Pelosi Hold On Impeachment . . . Before Claiming He “Misspoke”

Various Democrats are beginning to state the obvious: the hold on the submission of the impeachment by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not worked and will not work. From the very start, some of us stated that this was a ridiculous ploy that would not result in any concessions. What it has done is eviscerate the rationale for the rushed impeachment. Various Senate Democrats have broken with Pelosi over the ill-conceived strategy. The most stinging was Sen. Diane Feinstein who stated “The longer it goes on the less urgent it becomes. So if it’s serious and urgent, send them over. If it isn’t, don’t send it over.”

In the House, there has been an effort to declare success by the fact that there is a debate over witnesses, but the same debate occurred during the Clinton trial when the House acted appropriately in submitting the impeachment. Now, ranking Democrat has learned that stating the obvious is blasphemy. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith, D-Wash. declared that the hold had not worked and would not work. He said it was time to turn over the impeachment and not try to control another house. He was quickly given word that he was a blasphemer and declared that he had “misspoken” and then said the exact opposite. There is nothing more moving than a redemptive sinner.

The House now appears to be looking for a way to save face for the Speaker. She has demanded a copy of the rules, which McConnell has mocked and said that they are proceeding without the House. Pelosi may trigger the nuclear option in the Senate and the rewriting of the rules to remove the courtesy of waiting for the list of house managers.

Chairman Adam Smith, D-Wash., stated “I understand what the speaker is trying to do, basically trying to use the leverage of that to work with Democratic and Republican senators to try to get a reasonable trial—a trial that would actually show evidence and bring out witnesses. But at the end of the day, just like we control it in the House, Mitch McConnell controls it in the Senate.” That could not have been clearer on CNN’s “New Day” on Thursday. He added “at this point, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. I think it is time to send the impeachment to the Senate and let Mitch McConnell be responsible for the fairness of the trial. He ultimately is.”

Smith did not even make it to the afternoon before he was dragged out for a public self-condemnation. He tweeted that he “misspoke” and then spoke the exact opposite: “If the Speaker believes that holding on to the articles for a longer time will help force a fair trial in the Senate, then I wholeheartedly support that decision.”

Of course, none of this reflects partisan pressure to force members to stay in line on impeachment over any independent or opposing views. That is only a Republican issue.

23 thoughts on “Chairman Smith Speaks Out Against Pelosi Hold On Impeachment . . . Before Claiming He “Misspoke””

    1. Pelosi is a lying sack of sheets and is the poster child of why Americans have contempt for the US Congress, and all of the other hoodlums

      Would that she slither away from politics in disgrace on her nip tuck belly after her dismal tenure as Speaker since Jan 2019

  1. Trump made Iran blink.
    McConnell made Pelosi blink

    Dems are toast. They would be lucky to get elected Dog Catcher

    https://nypost.com/2020/01/10/nancy-pelosi-will-send-articles-of-impeachment-to-senate-next-week/

    Nancy Pelosi will send articles of impeachment to Senate next week

    January 10, 2020 | 12:10pm

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday said the House will finally send the two articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate next week.

    “I have asked Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler to be prepared to bring to the Floor next week a resolution to appoint managers and transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate,” Pelosi wrote to House colleagues, according to CNBC.

      1. re: Mary McCord

        Apparently the Left are firmly ensconced in the DOJ. Why do they wear suits and dresses instead of guerilla camouflage like their heroes in Latin America?

        ….

        October 10, 2019 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – Though few outside the DC Swamp have ever heard of her, Mary McCord has a lot of juice when it comes to Deep State intrigue.

        As Ellen Nakashima of the WashPost wrote on May 11, 2017, “At the end of January, Mary B. McCord had a ringside seat to history [she was the] career attorney overseeing the high-profile Justice Department probe into potential collusion between associates of President Trump and the Kremlin…”

        That would mean that McCord was the key DOJ counter-intelligence officer [Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division] at roughly the time that Donald Trump was taking the Oath of Office and therefore a high level player in the events that would culminate in the disaster of the Mueller Witch Hunt.

        Actually, the wording of Nakashima’s piece is so intriguing it bears further clarification:

        “[McCord] accompanied the acting attorney general, Sally Yates , to the White House to warn the president’s lawyer that the national security adviser was at risk of being blackmailed, according to an individual familiar with the matter…Yates brought McCord along because, “it was important” to bring a career national security professional. After all, McCord “had been the one who was most intimately familiar” with the facts, said Yates, who did not name the attorney in congressional testimony…”
        Just for the record, that National Security Advisor would have been Lt. General Michael Flynn. Per Wiki – “He [Flynn] became a senior advisor to Trump during his presidential campaign and served as the National Security Advisor from January 23 to February 13, 2017.”

        Of course, we know that by threatening Flynn that his son would be prosecuted, he was strong-armed into pleading guilty to a single process crime – misremembering a meeting with a Russian diplomat – rather than the incendiary status of being a “Russian asset,” as had been alleged by DOJ.

        An addendum regarding General Flynn; William Krumholtz noted in The Federalist on March 8, 2019 – 35 People Involved In The Russia Hoax Who Need to Be Investigated:

        “…McCord played a role in Yates’s plan to spy on Flynn and entrap him with the Logan Act….”
        Additionally, as noted by Nakashima, McCord was Eric Holder’s point person in the oddly truncated investigation into Benghazi; she has been at this for a long time and proven her worth.

        In a long interview with PBS [see, Mary McCord Acting Assistant Attorney General 2016-2017 ] McCord adopted a curiously defensive position re Russiagate, distancing herself from the guts of the plot, “Just to be clear, I was not part of consulting on what the script would be or everything that would be covered in that meeting…”

        What? Yates brought her along because she was unfamiliar with the process that she apparently oversaw? And by the “script,” is McCord referring to the now proven fallacious allegations assembled by a British spy using Kremlin sources, or might she be referencing the larger issue, the “roadmap” to impeachment?

        Unbelievably, during the PBS interview McCord claims that she first learned of what has become known as the Steele Dossier inadvertently, “I wasn’t really familiar with the full dossier at all before, frankly, I read it in BuzzFeed at home one night in January when it went public.”

        Oddly this is the same way that President Obama became aware of important breaking news.

        Sure honey, u betcha…wink, wink, nod, nod.

        Oh, and did we mention that Mary McCord was involved with Andrew McCabe in the mysterious handling of Anthony Weiner’s laptop where the FBI, according to a recent report in RealClearInvestigations , only reviewed 3,000 of 700,000 State Department emails?

        “McCabe Phone Call with McCord on October 25 – McCabe and McCord both told us that they discussed the Weiner laptop in a phone call in late October, though neither could recall the specific date. McCord provided contemporaneous notes from the call, but they were undated. Page also provided notes that referenced this call and her notes suggest the conversation occurred on October 25. Given the timeline of other events, we believe October 25 is the date on which this conversation occurred…” [source, OIG Report Regarding FBI Actions Taken by the FBI Before the 2016 Election, p. 311]
        Ahem…and then there is the matter of McCord’s husband Sheldon Snook who worked as a FISA court spokesman .

        How convenient, it comes full circle in a typically circuitous manner.

        But all of this is backstory, offered as indicia of McCord’s over-familiarity with the mechanics of the Russia Hoax and Deep State intrigue in general.

        Now as has been the case with so many of the Swamp Creature power players, McCord abruptly exits DOJ.

        However she remains a very busy girl, landing as Legal Director and Visiting Professor of Law at the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection at Georgetown University Law School as well as having a side-gig as a poison pen artist with the Lawfare Project, an organization tightly bound to the Brooking Institute that is co-orchestrating the House’s non-impeachment impeachment, to the extent that two of Lawfare’s polemicists are currently “on loan” to the Nadler Judiciary Committee, though one suspects that they might have been detailed to Adam Schiff’s notorious Intelligence Committee by now, Nadler having imploded.

        Those Brookings/Lawfare authors would be Norman Eisen – Editor & Chief, Lawfare blog and Sr. Fellow at Brookings, and Barry Berke – a Founding Editor, Lawfare blog, Sr. Fellow Brookings.

        Great job guys, of course Pelosi would want them as part of her circus – bring on the clown shoes and fright whig.

        Per the Nadler February 19, 2019 announcement:

        “Washington, D.C. – Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) announced that Barry H. Berke, Esq., and Ambassador (ret.) Norman L. Eisen, Esq. have been retained on a consulting basis as special oversight counsels to the Majority Staff, advising the Committee’s Oversight Counsel team on a range of issues. In their role, Mr. Berke and Ambassador (ret.) Eisen will consult on oversight matters related to the Department of Justice, including the Department’s review of Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation, and other oversight and policy issues within the Committee’s jurisdiction.”

        Actually both of these guys are assclowns who had until recently published like rats in heat pushing the Russia hoax narrative, much of which is collected under this overly-cute header – RealNews on Trump et L’Affaire Russe : A Resource Page, although Lawfare is quick to point out that the “page is no longer being updated.”

        Pity…

        Ok, Lawfare and its parent Brookings are first degree DC vipers, which we thought necessary to establish before we circle back to McCord because material originating in these fevered minds seems to hold considerable sway within the Swamp.

        Now with McCord’s long background in some scabrous version of Federal law enforcement one might think she would be writing about those kinds of topics, but no…

        Mary McCord is now writes about the threat of Trumpian “incendiary language,” his stoking the fires of civil war, “right-wing” militias, AR-15s and most ominously…3-D printed plastic guns.

        There is more, but the bottom line is simply that McCord continues to serve the Deep State, in the current guise of pushing a number of outlandish narratives. Since the Masters of the Universe have taught us that threats to the public order always originate on the “far right,” McCord seems studiously unaware of Antifa, Black Lives Matter, the Answer Coalition, Refuse Fascism, SF Bay Resistance, the Revolutionary Communist Party USA, etc.

        In concluding; there is a lesson to be learned here. McCord is emblematic of the Deep State. The Swamp Dwellers live to see the Alt-Right crushed because it actively supports national sovereignty and opposes globalization. They want to seize your guns and deny your First Amendment rights, in short they want you disappeared.

  2. One cannot save face for the Speaker. Look at her. She’s been a long time goof. The House has gone to Hell in a handbasket. The Senate should get a motion from one Senator to dismiss the two articles on the ground that they fail to state a claim (civil) or charge (criminal).
    Nuff said.

  3. Feinstein, Smith et al. are owned by the same people/companies/banks that own the Republicans. The rarely sought insightful answer to the question “why?” explains all you need to know. Childish put-downs will always satisfy the uninformed masses that worship Trump.

    I heard a radio talking head this morning call the House move to restrict Trump’s ability to commit war crimes a “terrorism protection” bill.

    There really is only one political party, and it has two right wings.

    1. I notice you omitted the sins of the Dems. Do you know who stuffs the pockets of Pelosi and friends? Check it out. She is worth millions like most elitists who claim virtue as their guide, while her district suffers homelessness and poverty.

  4. ” redemptive sinner?” Now that’s a new one as a description of ‘walk aways’ I would have said those who were looking for choice that was not the greater or lesser of two evils but that is a different category.

  5. Reminds me of a Tom Lehrer song…

    “Once a fie-ry liberal spirit
    Ah, but now when he speaks
    he must clear it…”

    That was a song about Hubert Humphrey’s tenure as LBJ’s vice-president, but it applies equally well to any Democrat in the House who may have a mind of his or her own.

    Notice that Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Susan Collins and other Senate Republicans don’t feel the need to run things past Mitch McConnell. When McConnell calls them on the carpet, they talk back to him.

    But Nancy Pelosi and her floor leaders have an excellent scale model of North Korea over on the House side.

  6. Pelosi has degraded the respect she has been receiving for her long career. What possesses her to lose that is the question. It’s almost as if she has allowed Schiff to take over her reasoning. He got away with so much in the so-called hearings in the House. Perhaps his tyrannical actions are something she thought would work for her.

    1. Pelosi has degraded the respect she has been receiving for her long career.

      From whom? She hasn’t faced a challenging campaign since 1987 and her legislative record is distinctly blah.

      1. She has been given the gavel at each majority holding for a long time. If there were another Democrat which could haul in the deciding votes the way she does, she would lose her status as majority leader. I am not a Democrat. I have no desire to elevate her. It’s the Democrats responsibility to elect the leader they feel will advance their causes, she is acting on fear now because her gavel is threatened.

        1. All true, Phyllis. Senator Feinstein recently challenged her publicly about her decision to keep the impeachment charges, which tells us other Dems in the US Senate and US House challenge her albeit silently. She has lost support. It is doubtful her Members would choose her as Speaker if the vote were cast today

  7. ‘Various Democrats are beginning to state the obvious: the hold on the submission of the impeachment by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not worked and will not work.’

    Not your party, Nancy, you don’t choose the songs, the dance, or the DJ.

  8. Nancy, sweetie, I know you are angry with Principal McConnell, I can sense your agitated tone in your article in today’s student newspaper. Why don’t you rest in the nurse’s office until your medications begin working? The men will handle the important matters, you must take care of yourself.

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