House Minority Whip Steve Scalise Friday rejected Democrats' arguments that the process on the impeachment inquiry will be transparent following Thursday's party-line House vote, saying that resolution doesn't change anything and the 'Soviet-style' justice that's been used will continue.
"If you read the resolution, it allows, first of all, for (Intelligence Chairman) Adam Schiff to continue going on behind closed doors, building this false narrative where they leak out certain things to try to mislead people," the Louisiana Republican told Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "You talk to people that were in the room and you get a completely different response."
Even if the case goes to the House Judiciary Committee, its chairman, Rep. Jerry Nadler, will have full discretion to veto witnesses and even kick the presdient's counsel out, said Scalise, adding that kind of process never happened under the impeachment proceedings for former Presidents Bill Clinton or Richard Nixon, said Scalise.
"If you want to call that a fair process, again, I equate it to Soviet-style justice because maybe in the Soviet Union they have a one-sided, closed-door, behind closed doors secret impeachment process. This is the United States of America. We deserve better than this. Our justice system works a lot different than this."
There is also no assurance, under the resolution, that Republicans will be able to answer questions and not be blocked.
"They shot down every Republican amendment," Scalise said. "They didn't want to work in a bipartisan way. We had an amendment saying all the transcripts should be released to the public. They rejected even that amendment. You can see just how one-sided this is."
He added that he'd like to ask anyone who voted for the resolution what they would do if they were falsely accused of a crime.
"We know from day one, the day that Donald Trump put his hand on the Bible to take the oath of office they wanted to impeach him," said Scalise. "There were Democrats in leadership in Congress who said they wanted to impeach him, without any facts. There never any high crimes and misdemeanors."
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