Appearing on the Fox News show Justice with Judge Jeanine Pirro Saturday night, Rep. Matt Gaetz completely and utterly obliterated the Democrats’ talking points on impeachment. They have not produced any evidence to back up their claim that there was a quid-pro-quo, he said, and the Senate should simply throw out the case against President Trump.
“The radical left Democrats filled the stockings of their anti-Trump base with rumor and innuendo and ultimately impeachment. But the rest of America, we just got a lump of coal. We didn’t get an infrastructure bill, we didn’t get reform to our asylum systems, because Nancy Pelosi has been planning this impeachment since the moment she took power.”
That’s exactly right. And she’s not the only one. “Matter of fact, Jerry Nadler, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, even campaigned to his fellow Democrats on the notion that he would be the person to bring us to this point.”
— Jeanine Pirro (@JudgeJeanine) December 22, 2019
All of that is bad enough, but Gaetz wasn’t done. “The real question is […] why the Democrats failed to meet the standard they set for themselves. They promised us a bipartisan impeachment. In reality, the only bipartisan vote was a bipartisan vote against impeachment. They promised us that these hearings would animate a lot of public support for impeachment, and we haven’t seen that either. The American people hate this and if Congress continues it, they may end up hating us.”
Next, Judge Pirro asked Gaetz about what he expects from the trial in the Senate (assuming Pelosi will ever hand over her documents and appoint “managers”). “I know the president wants an extended trial in the Senate so he has the opportunity to present a lot of evidence,” Gaetz said, “but Judge, if this were a case in your court brought by any party, you would dismiss it on a motion to dismiss or a motion for summary judgment immediately.”
Pirro agreed with that.
“And the reason you would do that is it’s not worth judicial labor just for someone to spike the football when the other side hasn’t made their case.”
“As we sit here before you know,” Gaetz summarized the results of the impeachment hearings in the House of Representatives, “Democrats failed to produce direct evidence. They failed to get the public on their side. There was no quid-pro-quo. Matter of fact, the only direct evidence was the president saying he did not want anything other than President Zelensky to do the right thing, to do the work that he’d campaigned on.”
“And so,” the congressman continued, “if I were in the Senate, I’d be looking to get this nonsense behind us and get on to the work of the Trump agenda.”