As Alex Parker said in Red State:
A GOP Senator Hits the Nuke Button Over Chuck Todd’s ‘Gotcha’ Question About Obama and Due Process
Near the start, Chuck inquired as to what the big todo’s gonna look like.
David laid it out; buckle up for a long presentation:
“Well, we’ll see how the vote comes out on Tuesday, but what we’re proposing — and we’ve tried to enter these negotiations with the other side, but they won’t have any conversation until we deal with witnesses up front. And that’s not what we did with the Clinton trial. And so what will happen Tuesday is Mitch McConnell will put forward his proposal, we’ll have a vote on that. That proposal right now will look very similar to 24 hours of presentation by the House managers over two days, then 24 hours of presentation by the President’s team over two days, and then 16 hours of questions submitted by members, in writing, to the Chief Justice.”
Now for the main course: With all the hubbub over whether this whole Ukraine/impeachment thing’s a big scam, Chuck asked David is he’d be comfortable defending Barack Obama if the circumstances were the same.
Ready, set…go David:
“In Fast and Furious, he [Obama] did exactly this. He withheld evidence from the House of Representatives, and the Republicans decided that it was not obstruction of Congress. The Democrats agreed, and we did not pursue it. Nancy Pelosi, Nadler, all said that that was not obstruction. And yet, in this case, when the President decides to use executive privilege, they now — all of a sudden — say, ‘Oh, no. That is obstruction of Congress.’”
To David, here’s the deal, first and foremost:
“My personal preference, Chuck, would be to see this things dismissed out of hand because I think it’s an illegitimate process in the House. They did not give this President due process.”