Dem double standard in Trump impeachment ‘inquiry?’

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House Democrats appear to be playing the double-standard game as they conduct a so-called “impeachment inquiry” into President Donald Trump’s alleged “quid-pro-quo” of threatening to withhold military aid to Ukraine, while Roll Call is reporting those same Democrats “are threatening to force Trump administration officials’ compliance with their impeachment inquiry by targeting something they hold dear: their paychecks.”

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House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Adam Schiff suspended a closed-door hearing related to the impeachment inquiry. (Screen snip, Fox Business)

What’s the difference? The president, Democrats have intimated, engaged in something close to financial coercion in allegedly telling Ukraine officials they wouldn’t get the military aid package unless they launched an investigation into Burisma, the company that hired Hunter Biden, according to CNN.

In order to get information about that allegation, Roll Call is reporting, House Democrats have allegedly looked at withholding paychecks from certain Trump administration officials.

All of this surfaced in published reports about the same time that about two dozen members of the House Republican caucus “stormed” into the closed-door impeachment meeting, according to Fox News. Later Tuesday afternoon, Fox said, the hearings did go on.

Laura Cooper from the State Department was preparing to testify when Republicans reportedly led by Congressman Matt Gaetz of Florida entered the room. At that point, Fox News reported that Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, suspended the proceedings.

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That hearing reportedly resumed later in the afternoon. But the point had been made.

“We’re going to try and go in there, and we’re going to try to figure out what’s going on, on behalf of the millions of Americans that we represent that want to see this Congress working for them and not obsess with attacking a president who we believe has not done anything to deserve impeachment,” Gaetz reportedly said, and Fox News reported.

Apparently, withholding paychecks from reluctant witnesses is okay under what Roll Call described as “an obscure provision in the annual Financial Services spending bill.” That law has apparently been around for more than two decades.

But does this reveal a double standard? Is it okay for House Democrats to use withholding of payment pending testifying, but not okay for the White House to withhold military aid to Ukraine?

Is this political hypocrisy on steroids?

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