House GOP sharpens knives for probes, tells senior Biden officials to get ready to testify
House Republicans are sharpening their knives on Thursday for a congressional probe into Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election, while senior members of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) told Democratic leaders to get ready to testify.
Aides to congressional Republicans are pushing for the House to launch an investigation into the origins of the investigation into Ukrainian interference in the election. Democrats have resisted calls to launch an inquiry into the matter, saying any inquiry should be done strictly in the House committee that is conducting the investigation.
“This is not your run-of-the-mill presidential campaign,” GOP Congressman Mark Meadows told reporters after announcing he had drafted a request for impeachment hearings for the House Intelligence Committee.
“The Ukrainian interference campaign is the most complicated operation that is going on right now,” Meadows said, according to the Washington Post. “It is not a campaign. It is an entire criminal conspiracy.”
“If you’re asking me to come up with an impeachable offense, I’m not sure what it is,” said Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., another member of the GOP leadership, the Washington Post reported. “The Democrats can’t impeach him for what he did as president of Ukraine because they don’t have the votes.”
“The Democrats are trying to make this into a Ukrainian scandal,” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio told Politico. “It is a Ukrainian scandal, but the fact of the matter is President Trump sought a foreign country’s help with his bid for president. There’s not much difference between that and a foreign government helping with a national election.”
Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy of California — the top elected Republican on the House Committee on Ethics — told Breitbart News: “I’m telling all my friends on the Hill and the people working for me in the leadership to get ready for an impeachment hearing.”
Democrats are also making their plans clear for an investigation.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House and the House Democratic leader tweeted: “The president cannot be above the law and we