Trump allies assail impeachment on process while House Democrats promise open hearings soon

Democratic leadership on Sunday offered reassurances that the public phase of the impeachment inquiry would begin soon, while Republican allies of President TrumpDonald TrumpMcAuliffe takes tougher stance on Democrats in Washington Democrats troll Trump over Virginia governor's race Tom Glavine, Ric Flair, Doug Flutie to join Trump for Herschel Walker event MORE used their appearances on several Sunday morning shows to hammer what they say is an unfair process.

House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerHoyer signals House vote on bill to 'remove' debt limit threat Feehery: Build back bipartisan Bottom line MORE (D-Md.) said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that open hearings were forthcoming but added that he could not commit to a specific timeline, as the process depends on what facts the probe uncovered.

“When [House Intelligence Committee Chairman] Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSchiff: McCarthy 'will do whatever Trump tells him' if GOP wins back House Jan. 6 panel to pursue criminal contempt referral for Bannon Bannon's subpoena snub sets up big decision for Biden DOJ MORE [D-Calif.] is determined that he is through what he needs to have in terms of testimony and evidence, he will then, pursuant to the resolution, submit it to the Judiciary Committee, and the Judiciary Committee will proceed in a manner giving the rights to the president and to the Republicans that exceed, frankly, the rights that were available to the minority” during former President Clinton's impeachment, Hoyer said.


Rep. Jackie SpeierKaren (Jackie) Lorraine Jacqueline SpeierJimmy and Rosalynn Carter celebrate 75th anniversary, longest-married presidential couple Military braces for sea change on justice reform House panel plans mid-July consideration of military justice overhaul MORE (D-Calif.) said transcripts from the closed-door hearings three House committees have been conducting would likely be released in the next week.

“I also think the transcripts are going to start to be released next week, and that’s going to give the American people an eye on exactly what we have heard, and what we have heard is growing evidence of grounds for impeachment,” Speier said on CBS’s “Face the Nation."

“I don’t know if they’re all going to be released on the same day, but they’re going to be very telling to the American people. There’s no question now whether there’s a quid pro quo,” she told CBS’s Margaret Brennan.

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said the House would proceed with a full impeachment vote even if it was along party lines, pointing to polls showing increasing percentages of Americans favoring Trump’s impeachment and removal from office.

"I think when we talk about bipartisan support, we’re not limiting that to the Congress," Clyburn told  Dana BashDana BashSenate Democrat says Facebook offers 'crocodile tears about protecting children' McAuliffe on 2000 election: 'I wish the United States Supreme Court had let them finish counting the votes' Sunday shows - Scalise won't say if election was stolen under questioning from Fox's Chris Wallace MORE on CNN's "State of the Union," adding that Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats step up pressure on Biden on student loan forgiveness Climate activists target Manchin Democrats face growing storm over IRS reporting provision MORE (D-Calif.) "knows the Congress very well, and she knows how Republican colleagues are prone to vote on these issues within the party."

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelNYC snafu the latest flub from a broken elections agency Cynthia Nixon backs primary challenger to Rep. Carolyn Maloney Democrats call on Blinken to set new sexual misconduct policies at State Department MORE (D-N.Y.), meanwhile, said open hearings would take place “very soon.”

“The Republicans keep moving the goal post. They tell us they want us to be transparent. When we’re transparent, it’s not good enough,” Engel said on ABC’s “This Week.”

At the same time, Republicans continued to attack House Democrats and the closed-door hearings conducted over the past several weeks.

Counselor to the president Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne ConwayEthics watchdog accuses Psaki of violating Hatch Act Biden administration competency doubts increase Cook Political Report shifts Virginia governor's race to 'toss-up' MORE assailed the House’s closed-door hearings, which Democratic leadership has defended as necessary to keep witnesses from coordinating their testimony.

“We've seen different people going up there and testifying. ... What we haven’t seen is the fullness of the eight or 10 hours each of them has spent testifying,” she told Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceFox News signs book deal with HarperCollins GOP leader's remarks on Fox underscore Trump's power The Memo: Anti-democratic fears rise as GOP stokes election doubts  MORE on “Fox News Sunday.” “I guess Adam Schiff’s growing mushrooms in the dark in his secret process, which is unfortunate because you cannot put that toothpaste back in the tube."

When Wallace pressed Conway on the fact that Republicans also held closed-door hearings when they had the majority, Conway responded, “I think there is no analogy to the ultimate result here or the ultimate goal here, which is to impeach a president and remove him from office.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthySchiff: McCarthy 'will do whatever Trump tells him' if GOP wins back House House GOP campaign arm raises .8 million in third quarter McCarthy raises nearly M so far this year MORE (R-Calif.) also blasted the closed-door hearings and called for the intelligence community whistleblower whose complaint led to the hearing to testify.

"I think that the whistleblower should come forward in an open hearing. ... He could come down to the basement, but he needs to answer the questions," McCarthy said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseHouse GOP campaign arm raises .8 million in third quarter The Hill's 12:30 Report - The Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations - 90-year-old 'Star Trek' actor describes space visit GOP leader's remarks on Fox underscore Trump's power MORE (R-La.) blasted the resolution formalizing impeachment procedures that passed the House last week mostly along party lines, although Independent Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashDemocrats defend Afghan withdrawal amid Taliban advance Vietnam shadow hangs over Biden decision on Afghanistan Kamala Harris and our shameless politics MORE (Mich.) voted in favor of it and two Democrats voted against it.

"The resolution they just passed, in a very partisan way, gives the chairman the full discretion to kick the president’s legal counsel out of the room and to veto any witnesses that we would call," Scalise said on ABC’s “This Week.”

“They didn’t accept any Republican amendments. They didn't negotiate with the White House on that resolution,” he added. "They don’t want fair rules. They just want to hurt President Trump's chances to win reelection."