‘Smear, stymie and slow-roll’ - Inside the Democrats’ controversial impeachment row
Dr Sebastian Gorka worked as a Deputy Assistant to the US President in 2017 and was commenting on Trump’s impeachment. The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives voted to impeach the US President on two counts in December, making Trump only the third ever US President to suffer such a fate. Trump was found to have abused the power of his office for political gain and was also charged with obstructing the Judiciary Committee’s impeachment investigation.
In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Dr Gorka argued that the entire impeachment process was driven by embittered Democrats, unable to accept that Hilary Clinton lost in 2016 and who are increasingly fearful of losing the 2020 elections.
He described their impeachment strategy as an attempt to “smear, stymie and slow-roll the President and his MAGA Agenda.”
The host of the AMERICA First show argued that Trump’s policies had proved to be enormously successful, both at home and abroad.
He pointed to the fact that ISIS had been defeated, with their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed, $11 trillion had been added to the economy and that unemployment had fallen to its lowest rates since 1969.
The Democrats pursuit of impeachment against Trump was a desperate attempt to smear that impressive record of achievements and to cover up the inadequacies of their own candidates.
Dr Gorka said: “They (Democrats) know they cannot win the 2020 election given the pathetic and risible stable of candidates arrayed against one of the most successful presidents of the modern age.”
The former strategist refuted Democrats’ claims that impeachment was about upholding the Constitution and defending US democracy.
In December, when the impeachment charges were announced, Democratic Representative and Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler told reporters: “The President holds the ultimate public trust.
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“When he betrays that trust and puts himself before country, he endangers the Constitution; he endangers our democracy; he endangers our national security.”
In response to such claims, Dr Gorka said: “It’s about nullifying the 2016 election and stealing the 2020 election.
“Donald Trump’s only ‘crime’ was defeating Hillary Clinton fair and square.”
As regards accusations by Democratic leaders that the US President had autocratic tendencies, Dr Gorka dismissed these as absurd, saying that Trump was more of a democrat than former President Barack Obama.
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He said: “What has he done that’s in any way redolent of the absurd Democrat accusations of autocratic behaviour?
“Unlike Obama he loves America and believes in our Constitution.”
He added: “Did you know that Obama prosecuted and imprisoned more journalists and journalists’ sources under the Espionage Act than all the previous 43 presidents combined?
“Looking for latent dictatorial tendencies? Look no further than President Trump’s predecessor.”
On Tuesday there were signs that the current impasse over impeachment proceedings is on the point of being resolved.
Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Speaker of the House, has until now refused to send the impeachment articles to the Senate, where the definitive trial of Trump will take place.
The Senate is controlled by the Republicans, and Ms Pelosi has attempted to ring concessions from the Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell to ensure a fair and unbiased trial takes place.
On Tuesday morning, the House Speaker said that she plans to hold a vote on impeachment managers tomorrow, after which the next step will be to send the impeachment articles to the Senate.
Mr McConnell said at a press conference that the Senate impeachment trial will likely begin next Tuesday as long as lawmakers can get through a few "preliminary issues" this week.
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