Republicans are piling Democrats on what they consider to be an unfair impeachment process, taking advantage of the fact that all deposits so far are held behind closed doors. But Democrats will soon begin public hearings with impeachment witnesses and release transcripts of their closed-door interviews, complicating the GOP's strategy.
In fact, speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Monday that the House would vote this week to formalize the next phase of their impeachment trial, a move the California Democrat says is needed "to remove any doubt as to whether the administration has any doubts on Trump you can withhold documents, prevent testimony, disregard duly mandated subpoenas, or continue to obstruct "Home Investigators.
And last week, a federal judge ruled that the Democrats' investigation into validity was valid even without a formal vote on its opening, which erupted one of Trump's and the GOP's main arguments.
However, Republicans still believe that they are firmly rooted when it comes to their argument for the process and are not ready to completely fall out of this crusade. Just last week, dozens of Republicans stormed the secure facility in the Capitol, where closed-door deposits are stored. And the GOP drew Pelosi's surprising announcement of the impeachment resolution in recognition that the probe was invalid all along.
"You can't fix this process at this point, where they've done so much secret," said reporter Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), Chair of the GOP conference. "But the fact that they now feel they have to move and do something in a public place shows that this is a plea of guilty."
But among some of the parties there is a growing sense that they cannot rely on. handle the arguments yourself. Republicans want to get ahead of any allegations that may go down the pike when Democrats publicly announce their impeachment polls.
"I think it's important to talk about both," said Zeldin. "The process goes toward the legitimacy, the credibility, the justice of what the House Democrats are chasing. The substance is also incredibly important. "
Meadows tweeted on Monday morning outlining his case on why he thinks Trump is innocent of the scandal with Ukraine, probably offering a preview of the more substantial argument that he and his allies will make in the coming days and weeks.
"As long as the Democrats continue to retrieve false stories," he writes, "this is what real-life witness interviews would show you: Political investigation aid is never traded. Assistance from Ukraine has continued without new investigations.
However, some members acknowledge that it will be difficult for the entire GOP to defend Trump on the merits, as not everyone sits on one of the three committees that file impeachment witnesses.
"I can't imagine how unpleasant it would be to not be in the room and not be able to read the transcript," Zeldin said. "So most members get substantial questions at home and because they're not in the house, they can't answer."
Further complicating the party's strategy, some of Trump's most furious assault dogs will be eliminated when the Democrats take public impeachment inquiry: The Democrats' resolution is expected to appoint the House Intelligence Committee to lead public impeachment hearings, unlike the other groups involved in the deposition.
This means that Meadows, Jordan and Zeldin, who participated in the vast majority of the depositions and often held press conferences with reporters afterwards, would be excluded from the public hearings that had been prepared.
Instead, Trump's public defense will be left in the hands of nine Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee ̵
But there are other key Trump allies in the committee, including ranking member Devin Nunes (R-California) and rap. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), former prosecutor. But some of the other Republican members on the committee, like the representatives. Mike Turner of Ohio and Will Hurd of Texas may be less credible defenders: Both have expressed concern about Trump's communications with Ukraine.