Many Republicans, including our two local congressmen, Rodney Davis and Darin LaHood, seem not to like the way Democrats are handling the impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump.
Well, House Democrats are following the same rules that Republicans used during the Benghazi hearings of 2012, when they controlled the House. These rules do allow the minority to participate. There are 48 House Republicans who belong to the relevant committees and who are fully entitled to read all associated documents and to attend the hearings gavel to gavel if they want to. Some of these, like Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan, are strong Trump supporters.
Another is Francis Rooney, R-Fla., who recently told The New Yorker that "there hasn't been any attempt to stop people from asking questions. That's why they're taking so long. So I don't feel that it's been an unfair process."
In any case, the "secret" part of the investigation seems to be over. A resolution authorizing public hearings on possible impeachment has just been introduced in the House, and we can expect transcripts of the closed-door hearings to be released soon.
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This will be interesting to watch.
Richard A. Chandler,