House Democrats who are working to impeach President Donald Trump are using strategic leaking of information being divulged at closed-door meetings to gain support for their cause, according to Fox News Senior Political Analyst Brit Hume.
“The Democrats with this impeachment issue — they’re winning,” Hume claimed Wednesday on “The Story,” according to Fox News.
“This proceeding behind closed doors with a multitude of leaks coming that all point basically in the same direction, which is ‘Trump’s guilty,’ have been pouring out of these behind-closed-door sessions.”
To support his assessment, Hume cited the ethics complaint which was filed previously against Rep. Devin Nunes, a Republican from California, who was called out for leaking the classified information that was being used in the Russia investigation.
“In March 2017, Nunes held a news conference in which he discussed viewing intelligence reports where the names of Trump associates were ‘unmasked’ by then-National Security Adviser Susan Rice in the final weeks of the Obama administration,” Fox News reported. “Nunes then controversially went to brief President Trump on the information before meeting with the Intelligence Committee.”
According to Hume, Republicans do not routinely like to “leak” information that could be sensitive, following the fallout that Nunes suffered. While he was later cleared by a House Ethics Committee panel of all the allegations brought against him, it served as a warning to other Republicans.
“Republicans seem afraid of something like that, yet the Democrats are leaking like mad and it is working,” Hume said.
While Democrats are working to gain support for their impeachment inquiry from the public, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the Senate Floor on Wednesday for the second consecutive day and called out House Democrats as being “undemocratic” for their focus on the impeachment inquiry and neglect of the work of legislation, according to The Hill.
“All their energy is going into this all-consuming impeachment parade that has been rolling on for three years now,” McConnell said according to The Hill. “Speaker Pelosi’s efforts to hold back her left-wing caucus have officially crumbled and the House has thrown itself into impeachment.”
Since the start of their impeachment inquiry, Democrats have been focused on a conversation held by President Donald Trump with the president of Ukraine, and whether he offered aid as an effort to solicit help investigating former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
“Trump and his allies have lashed out at Democrats for not holding a formal vote to open the impeachment inquiry,” The Hill reported. “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has said that a vote isn’t required under the rules and doubled down on Tuesday reiterating that they would not hold a vote.”
However, McConnell was unimpressed, lashing out at Democrats in his Wednesday tirade, saying that they appeared to be ignoring “fairness and due process.”
“The Democrats’ process already speaks for itself. For the first time ever, Speaker Pelosi has simply ordered the House to conduct an inquiry into impeaching a President without a full vote of the House. Just yesterday, the Speaker doubled down on this unprecedented and undemocratic process by once again refusing to hold a vote on an impeachment inquiry,” McConnell said according to The Hill.
“The Democrats would rather fight with the White House than work with Republicans and the administration to pass legislation. … Senate Republicans have been ready and waiting for weeks and months to do our part and actually make law on these subjects for the benefit of American families. We just need our counterparts across the Capitol to get serious about this,” McConnell said.
Written by Savannah Pointer.