Last week, along with millions of other Americans, I witnessed the disturbing dog-and-pony show performed by the Republican duo of U.S. Reps. David Nunes and Elise Stefanik.
The more I watched, the clearer it became that their strategy was orchestrated to enflame President Donald Trump’s base to a fiery outrage.
I presume they spent plenty of time prior to the inquiry writing the script.
Both of these individuals are college graduates, presumably able to read.
Therefore, both should be familiar with rules and procedures by which an impeachment inquiry is governed.
Both knew that only the ranking members and their counsel would be permitted questions until later in the hearing, at which time other members would have an opportunity to question the witness.
And, of course, they did have that opportunity at the appropriate juncture.
The performance by Nunes and Stefanik was timed so that those watching, who were not aware of the rules of order, would think the Republicans were being shut down by Chairman Adam Schiff, a Democrat, without an opportunity to be heard.
Thus her tweet:
“Once again, Adam Schiff flat out REFUSES to let duly elected Members of Congress ask questions to the witness, simply because we are Republicans. His behavior is unacceptable and he continues to abuse his Chairmanship.”
Mr. Schiff did exactly what the law requires him to do. I believe every bit of this stunt was planned to the smallest detail, including the cast (a Republican woman, “maligned” by a male Democrat) and costumes (the fuchsia suit for stand-out effect).
The smirk, the head-shaking.
This staged ploy had some success with her followers.
Read the posts on Stefanik’s Facebook page, and you will see how many do not understand the process set forth for a judicial inquiry and fell completely for this farce.
Fortunately, those more schooled in procedure saw it for what it was and are now, more than ever, ready to stand behind Tedra Cobb in 2020.
Ms. Stefanik, you often speak of your desire for transparency.
You have achieved it.
We see right through you.