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This impeachment process is totally "infair to Rupublicans"!

Dana Milbank on

WASHINGTON -- The extremely stable genius picked up his cellphone at 7:32 a.m. Wednesday.

Republicans "are starting to go after the Substance even more than the very infair Process," President Trump typed. "Rupublicans, go with Substance and close it out!"

The misspelled missive caused laffter and merrymint. But you know what's funnier?

Trump sent this command to Rupublicans at the start of the only two days that are necessarily and by design about process: Approving the rules and procedures for impeachment.

It was about as discordant as declaring the "Greatest Economy in American History" on the very morning the government reported that economic growth had slowed to a lackluster 1.9%. Yet Trump did that Wednesday, too. When the government reported the identical rate of growth in 2012, Trump had declared: "The economy is in deep trouble."

The House Rules Committee ignored Trump's admonition and went about marking up the impeachment resolution on Wednesday afternoon.

 

"It's not a fair process, it's not an open process, it's certainly not been a transparent process," complained Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla.

Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Ga., joined in, denouncing "a process that continues to happen behind closed doors" and one lacking in "fair play and due process."

Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin (Md.) needled the Republicans for their process complaints. "What we are getting more and more of is complaints about process," he said. "It almost seems as if we don't want to deal with the substance of the president's conduct."

Cole, the ranking Republican, wasn't having it. "A debate over process -- that's what the Rules Committee is," he said. "We are going to debate process. … You are setting up a process, so please, no more complaints about debating due process."

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