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Hume: Pelosi Delaying Impeaching Vote Smart Politically, She Can Hold Secret Hearings And Selectively Leak

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Brit Hume on Speaker Nancy Pelosi's impeachment strategy:

BRIT HUME, FOX NEWS: I frankly can't think of a good reason from her point of view why she would hold a vote. First of all, it exposes vulnerable Democrats who represent Trump districts -- districts that he carried -- to a vote that constituents in those districts might not like it all.



This way, she gets all of the fruits of this peculiar investigation that she announced going on and none of the downside. And they are conducting a very unusual investigation. You look back to the Nixon impeachment, which is the most widely accepted impeachment inquiry that we ever had.

It was overwhelmingly voted for but in addition to that the proceedings were very balanced, very fair, Republicans had their -- Nixon had his lawyers involved in the process in the House, they were allowed to call witnesses, take testimony. None of that is happening here. This is all being done behind closed doors, it is being done with the Republicans permitted to attend and asked questions but not to call witnesses, and what happens of course is the witnesses come, they appear, and then select portions of their testimony, which is not being made public, are leaked and they are creating the impression you would expect leaks from that side of the aisle to create and it's working like crazy.

Look at what happened, Tucker. Impeachment has minority support in this country for the longest time. Since Ukraine has come along, the support has begun to build and in some polls now -- impeachment and removal enjoys the majority of support. A very effective thing that Pelosi and her colleagues have going in the House.

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