ICYMI: Rep. Waltz on Impeachment: Democrats Conducting Investigation in Search of a Crime
Washington, DC, October 2, 2019
On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz spoke with Fox News’ America’s Newsroom about House Democrats’ attempts to subpoena U.S. Department of State officials as part of their impeachment inquiry:
“This is essentially a fishing expedition: an investigation in search of a crime. The Secretary of State is right to draw the line at direct contact with State employees,” Waltz said. “As we’ve seen from Mueller…to this, it is never going to be enough. They’re going to want more and more.”
Three House committee chairmen have requested depositions with five current and former State Department officials starting this week as part of their investigation into President Trump’s call with Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymr Zelensky. Pompeo said the scheduled dates offered insufficient time for department officials to prepare in a letter sent to the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday.
“They’re clearly looking to ram this [impeachment] thing through as quickly as possible, I think as a reaction to how long the Mueller probe took. The calculation is that this will be better for them politically and they want to get it done in time to hurt the President as we run into 2020 and the 2020 election,” Waltz said.
Waltz also discussed House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff leading the impeachment inquiry.
“Rep. Schiff has made his agenda clear – and that is to impeach the president. This is the same person who pounded the table that he had beyond circumstantial evidence that the president had colluded with the Russians, which we’ve now seen to be false…meanwhile, he’s leading an Intelligence Committee with oversight on the Intelligence Community and we have China stealing our secrets left and right. We have huge issues that we should be dealing with in the Intelligence Committee and we’re not because it’s essentially become the impeachment committee,” Waltz said.
A video of the full interview is available here.