Next week's House Judiciary Committee hearings are a move by Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., to get some attention on television, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich claimed Wednesday.
"I think he's very upset because what should have been the Judiciary Committee was given by Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi to Adam Schiff and the Intelligence Committee," Gingrich told Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "It's never been done before. Totally wrong."
The committee will hold its first hearing Dec. 4. Nadler said it will feature legal experts who will examine the constitutional grounds for impeachment and "explore the framework put in place to respond to serious allegations of impeachable misconduct.”
"This is Nadler's moment to finally shine, and I think they are stumbling around," Gingrich said. "Nadler earlier had some disasters, and I don't think he is very confident in his ability to run these hearings. But first of all, I think [Doug] Collins [is] a very effective defender of the president, and I think he will be very effective on the committee hearing."
Gingrich said there are differences, however, between the push to impeach Trump and the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton. With Clinton he said, "we started with an independent counsel report. They used the word 'guilty' on 11 different counts, including perjury, which is a felony."
However, in the Trump case, "what they have done is totally one-sided, and I think it virtually guarantees that no Republican in the House or Senate is going to vote to impeach."
There has been some call for Pelosi to seek a censure on Trump, rather than impeachment, given how near the next election is, and Gingrich said he thinks Pelosi will have to move toward impeachment, "even if she knows it's stupid."
Meanwhile, he thinks former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg "ought to be smarter" than to seek the Democratic nomination.
"He is the biggest apologist to the Chinese dictatorship that we have," Gingrich said. "The truth is in the end unless he is prepared to spend four or five or $6 billion, he is not going to be a serious candidate."
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