Honesty is needed
TO THE EDITOR: Congresswoman Stefanik needs to be honest.
Recent efforts by local journalists to learn Congresswoman Stefanik’s position on the impeachment probe have been met with arguments about the process, rather than the substance of the allegations.
What the Congresswoman has not been honest in sharing is that the process she describes as “broken“ (Press-Republican, Nov. 9-10) was put in place by the Republicans, her House colleagues. Beginning in 1997-1998 with the investigations into President Clinton, and as recently as 2014 with the Benghazi investigation, House Republicans have set the rules governing the process, including prohibiting legal counsel for agencies under investigation.
So, while concerns about lack of due process or legal representation are raised, the reality is that House Republicans were responsible for the rules governing the Impeachment inquiry today. During the Benghazi investigation, House Republicans held over 60 closed-door depositions with Obama career employees, yet no claims of unfair process were raised by Republicans at the time.
For Congresswoman Stefanik to complain about lack of transparency or the problems with closed door testimony is very hypocritical, to say the least. It was the Republican-controlled House in 2017, of which the Congresswoman was a member, that allowed all House congressional committees to conduct closed-door depositions. This effort was led by Congressman Jim Jordan, another strong critic of current Democratic House processes, and Congressman Mike Pompeo, the current Secretary of State, who has refused to cooperate with the House investigation.
It would be interesting to ask the Congresswoman how she voted on this rule and why it was appropriate while Republicans were in the majority, and now, when they are in the minority, it is unfair.
Congresswoman Stefanik needs to be honest with her constituents and realize that history does matter, even if she operates with selective memory.