Today, the Trump administration announced that it would not be participating in the impeachment inquiry. The decision was made despite the fact that Speaker Nancy Pelosi officially announced yesterday that the House will be moving forward with impeaching the president over his corrupt Ukraine plot.
The failure of the White House to trot out a full-fledged defense in light of Pelosi’s announcement would seem to indicate that Trump and his cronies know they have no real way of mounting a credible defense of the president’s actions.
In a letter sent to Chairman Jerry Nadler of the House Judiciary Committee, Counsel to the President Pat Cipollone wrote that the impeachment is “completely baseless” and unfair. He further alleged that Nadler’s committee has not reviewed a “single shred of evidence” and that Democrats are wasting the country’s time with this “charade.”
The rest of the letter is dripping in the kind of self-righteous victimhood and partisan smearing that we’ve come to expect from Trump and indeed it almost reads like something the president wrote himself. In other words, it was a pathetic example of writing and a transparent attempt at PR damage control.
White House refuses participate in the impeachment inquiry in a two-paragraph missive by Trump's attorney. pic.twitter.com/kDTD5Dkh2h
— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) December 6, 2019
It didn’t take long for George Conway, a frequent critic of the president and husband of Trump’s right-hand woman Kellyanne Conway, to see the letter and blast Cipollone for penning it. Conway said it is an “utter embarrassment” that a “member of the bar, let alone the White House counsel” would have anything to do with such a letter. It was a blunt, succinct indictment and one which anyone who takes even a cursory glance at the missive can agree with.
This White House is going to rely more and more on stunts like this as the impeachment proceeds and they must be condemned and dismissed every time so that the country can stay focused on its most pressing issue: removing an incredibly dangerous, incredibly incompetent, and incredibly crooked man from the Oval Office.
It’s an utter embarrassment that any member of the bar, let alone the White House counsel, would write, sign, or send this letter. https://t.co/2IT9WBob0H
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) December 6, 2019