Top House Intelligence Committee Republican Devin Nunes, R-Calif., on Thursday condemned the public House impeachment hearings as a "show trial" and a "pretext" for Democrats to oust President Donald Trump.
"What you've in this room over the past two weeks is a show trial," Nunes said in his closing statement. "The planned result of three years of political operations and dirty tricks.
"Campaigns waged against this president," he continued. "And like any good show trial, the verdict was decided before the trials ever began."
Nunes then posed: "After denouncing the president for years as a Russian agent and a threat to democracy, how could the Democrats not impeach him?
"If they don't move to overthrow him, it would indicate that they don't really believe their own dire warnings about the threat that he poses.
"The Democrats only needed a pretext," Nunes said, adding that they moved to "the Ukraine hoax" after the Russia investigation failed.
"This farce will soon move to the Judiciary Committee, where impeachment rightfully belongs," Nunes concluded.
"I wish my Republican colleagues well in fighting this travesty and defending the idea, which at one time received bipartisan support not long ago, that the American people's vote actually means something."
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