(CNSNews.com) - Tony Sayegh, White House adviser on impeachment, told Fox News on Thursday that Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) announcement that she’s calling for articles of impeachment to be drafted against President Donald Trump is akin to her push for congressional approval of Obamacare when she said we have to pass it to find out what’s in it.
Sayegh said the impeachment inquiry has been “a sham all along,” as evidenced by Pelosi’s announcement.
“This has been a sham all along, and the speaker's announcement just confirms that. She’s not waiting for any more evidence, any more fact witnesses. They've invited us to participate. We have ‘til tomorrow to respond. They’re not waiting to hear what we have to offer in return,” he said.
Sayegh complained that Pelosi, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) abused their power in trying to impeach the president.
“This really should be troubling to all Americans is that as the House is suggesting, the president abused his power, it actually is the speaker, Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler who are willing to abuse their power given to them as a House by the Constitution to impeach the president, to have 230 members of their caucus tell 63 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 that they made a mistake, that their votes didn't matter,” he said.
“And let's not forget - and this is I think an important point to make, and I know it’s going to sound comedic but it’s actually very sadly true - Nancy Pelosi once said of Obamacare, we have to pass it to find out what's in it. She seems to take the same philosophy with impeachment. We have to impeach him and let's figure out facts and evidence later, because none has been established here in this entire process,” Sayegh said.
Asked whether he believes Pelosi has the votes to impeach the president in the House, Sayegh said, “I don't think she'll bring it to floor if she doesn't. I know there are a lot of sensible Democrats particularly those in districts that the president won, some of them overwhelmingly, who do not want to vote for an impeachment that has not been able to build any case on evidence and fact and proof.
“Remember Jonathan Turley yesterday said you can't impeach someone because of presumptions, you need proof. They’ve failed in their 12 plus witnesses to establish any evidence the president did anything wrong or impeachable, so yes, I do think there’s a lot of questions inside their caucus on what they could try to get articles forwarded on that they could win enough votes to impeach the president. I’m not sure they're there yet,” he said.
Sayegh wouldn’t say whether the White House will offer any witnesses on the House side, because he didn’t want to get ahead of the announcement that the White House plans to make in a letter responding to the House Democrats’ invitation. He said the process has been unfair and pointed to the fact that the White House was not given due process.
“Let's be clear. Up until this point the process that the Democrats and Adam Schiff have created has been unprecedented. It’s not been fair. During both the Nixon and Clinton impeachments both parties came up with a set of ground rules that both sides agreed to. This has been unilateral,” he said.
“To participate in the intelligence committee for example where these members were invited to participate, they would have to give up all their rights, that we could not introduce any rebuttal evidence. Adam Schiff had complete control over the process. We had no given due process, no constitutional right to executive privilege and then we could participate,” Sayegh said.
“So if Jerry Nadler, and we'll respond in turn. A letter will go out tomorrow, and we all could talk about it then. I’m not going to get ahead of that announcement, but if there is a way to participate with fact witnesses, people like the whistleblower, people like Adam Schiff himself. He should probably go testify and to the factual record that he himself unilaterally seemed to have created,” he added.