Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) warned Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to come clean or face the same fate as Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen.
The New York Democrat has delivered some of the more dramatic moments in the House impeachment inquiry with his tough questioning of reluctant witnesses, and he said Pompeo must explain his actions in President Donald Trump’s scheme to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden.
“There is a judge about to decide the McGahn case, that’s going to be a very important precedent, and I’m going to predict the White House isn’t going to like it,” Maloney said. “That’s going to arm us with additional legal arguments.”
“Given the overwhelming evidence that we have that the president used taxpayer-funded military assistance to help him in his re-election campaign needs to be further demonstrated by the people who have even more evidence of it,” he continued. “There’s a value to that, you bet.”
Maloney pointed out the previous Trump associates who have refused to cooperate with investigations and eventually wound up convicted of crimes.
“I think the day is coming for all these people,” he said. “I mean, ask Roger Stone, ask Paul Manafort, ask Rick Gates, ask Michael Cohen. There’s others who have thought they could run from accountability, but it tends to catch up with you.”
Maloney singled out some other Trump administration officials who have been ordered to turn over evidence to House investigators, but have so far refused.
“I think the day is coming when John Bolton stops making money off book deals and has to give his evidence like three of his deputies did, at risk to their own professional careers, while he was out trying to make a buck on it,” Maloney said. “I think the day is coming when Mike Pompeo is going to have to answer for why he let Marie Yovanovitch be thrown under the bus and clearly knew all of these things in real time. We heard that directly from Ambassador (Gordon) Sondland yesterday, and the day is sure coming for Mick Mulvaney, who came out and told us all why the president did this, said there was a quid pro quo and told us to get over it.”
“Well, we’re not over it,” Maloney added, “and he’ll be held to account in the fullness of time. But the real issue is whether we can hold the president accountable given the facts and evidence that we have.”
‘Trump was caught’: Every major GOP excuse for president’s conduct destroyed by ex-prosecutor
Former federal prosecutor Barbara McQuade said Thursday's marathon impeachment hearing left her "shouting" at her television, so she gathered her thoughts and blew up Republican defenses one by one.
McQuade, an MSNBC legal analyst and former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, exposed the weaknesses in each of the GOP's sometimes contradictory defenses of President Donald Trump against impeachment by the House of Representatives.
Here are the GOP defenses I have heard so far to articles of impeachment, along with the knee-jerk responses I have been shouting at my television.
‘Selfie-seeking frat boy’ Matt Gaetz scorched in brutal takedown after House committee blow-up
In a brutally blunt look at Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), the New Republic's Jacob Bacharach paints a portrait of a publicity-seeking Washington newcomer storming the nation's capital with an eye on mirroring the actions and rhetoric of the blustery president that he slavishly defends.
Following Gaetz's "drama queen" performances while serving on the House Judiciary Committee, Bacharach recalls, "On October 23, a gaggle of House Republicans, led by Matt Gaetz of Florida, stormed the Capitol’s Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility. Gaetz had hoped to expose the supposedly secretive nature of the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump. “Stormed” was his own overly dramatic word (though Gaetz soon topped it by comparing his crew to the 300 glorious, nearly naked Spartans who, as you may recall, lost to a numerically superior force during the Battle of Thermopylae). A more accurate description would be to say they barged into a committee room like a bunch of entitled fussbudgets, argued with the committee chairman, took selfies, and then trundled off to hold a press conference."
How the ‘liberal’ media put Trump in the White House
It treated Donald Trump as a harmless curiosity because he was a reality TV show star and professional (alleged) billionaire.
Hillary Clinton’s shortcomings — both real and perceived — were amplified. Trump’s were downplayed if not largely ignored.