Republicans panicked Thursday as a line of questioning at the impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden turned to Rudy Giuliani’s involvement in searching for information in Ukraine – and Rep. Kweisi Mfume (D-MD) motioned to subpoena the former president’s ex-lawyer.
Republicans immediately called for his motion to be tabled, but too many chairs in the room were empty for them to secure that vote. Chairman Rep. James Comer (R-KY) called for a “voice vote,” but Democrats asked for the names to be recorded. Comer tried to railroad the requests, but it wasn’t working
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) stood up and paced about the back row, nervously licking his lips and giving orders to people who hurried from the room.
“Well, he doesn’t have a lot to do with this,” Mace said before voting to table the subpoena.
After Republicans were able to bring back their members, they passed the motion to table Giuliani’s subpoena.
Mfume wasn’t happy.
“I do reclaim my time and I asked my question where in the world is Rudy Giuliani?” he shouted. “And that is how we got here, ladies and gentlemen. This committee is afraid to bring him before us and put him on the record. Shame. The question was raised, what does this have to do with it? It has everything to do with it. And [witness University of North Carolina law] Professor [Michael Gerhardt], in your testimony you said, in every impeachment inquiry beforehand, the House has identified some credible evidence of wrongdoing committed by the targeted president, is that correct?”
“Yes, sir,” said Gerhardt.
“Would you say House Republicans have made an unprecedented overreach of congressional power?” Mfume asked.
“It strikes me that it is,” the GOP witness said.
Republicans panic as Democrats call for Giuliani to be subpoenaed: ‘Where is Rudy?’