The effort to demonize the head of the House Intelligence Schiff (D-California), which is investigating the impeachment of the president, and to create a political fog for the president, demonstrates the Republicans' deep reluctance to question whether Trump is suited to ask Ukraine to dig dirt out of a political opponent. Trump's allies in the Senate are trying to get the public's attention anywhere, except for Trump's interaction with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.
And without a centralized White House strategy, House Republicans are taking the decision from Trump, who treats Schiff as a punch bag in the fight against impeachment.
Trump and the GOP are targeting an over-the-top Trump-to-Ukraine phone call that sounded like a mafia mafia, and citing a New York Times report that the culprit was seeking guidance from an aide to the House Republican Intelligence Committee without evidence that Schiff helped write the complaint.
"We need to register everyone whether you approve of this type of conduct when conducting an impeachment investigation," the rep added. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), The new chairman of the conservative Freedom Caucus House, who drafted the Schiff Trust Resolution.
However, the GOP is becoming increasingly difficult to avoid the more explosive aspects of the Ukrainian scandal. On Thursday, Trump openly called on China to open an investigation into the Biden family, which is at the center of an investigation into the impeachment of Democrats. And the hill Republicans were silent.
"Almost all of my Republican colleagues remain obscurely silent about abusing President Trump's power ̵
Indeed, House Republican leaders are desperate to rethink the story. McCarthy refused to crack down and tweeted furiously at Schiff, sending a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday demanding that the impeachment investigation be stopped until the Democrats answer more questions about the whole process that the GP tried to falsify. Republicans arguing that Democrats are in cancellation of 2016 election results.
Pelosi shot himself at McCarthy in his own letter, noting the problem Republicans don't want to talk about.
"As we know, our founders specifically intended to ensure that foreign organizations did not undermine the integrity of our elections," she wrote. "I received your letter this morning shortly after the world witnessed President Trump on national television asking another foreign power to intervene in the upcoming 2020 election."
Meanwhile, Skaliz held a conference with his team of whips on Thursday afternoon to discuss next steps and outline a series of briefings for all impeachment conference members who plan to hold leadership when Congress returns from recess, the man said. Conference Chairman Liz Cheney (R-Wyo) also announced the party's messaging strategy, and rap. Steve Shabo (Ohio) spoke about his experience as a leader during the Clinton impeachment.
"Obviously Trump votes on Twitter and he is very effective. But for our part, we want to make sure our members have all their questions answered, giving them the perspective of what impeachment should be provided by the constitution" and how Pelosi trying to fake it, ”said Scalise.
Across the state capitol, most Senate Republicans have been taking breaks in extremely quiet form. Many who left the city tend to insist that they did not read the culprits' report and take a break from congress as they try to hold their ten-year majority.
Former Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Who criticized Trump for his past behavior, said it was the right path.
"I would just tell all my friends on both sides of the aisle that I would say absolutely nothing. Nothing," said Corker at a west in Chattanooga, Tenn. "In my opinion, it is not advisable for senators to make statements on at this stage. "
But quiet GOP senators are eclipsed by Trump's loud group of defenders who spent last week writing letters to foreign leaders and the intelligence community and drafting legislation on Joe Biden's troll. It is a special strategy of a handful of senators that is not coordinated by Republican leaders, according to two people familiar with the party strategy, but served to divert public attention from the Democrats' central argument that Trump did not coordinate properly with foreign governments.
On Wednesday, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C) wrote to foreign leaders from Australia, Italy and Britain, urging them to cooperate with Attorney General William Barr's investigation into the 2016 election. Graham wrote that an Australian diplomat provided government information as part of the US election control effort in 2016, a charge which the Australian ambassador to the United States rejected on Thursday in a letter to Graham.
Sep. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) Urged the culprit to reveal himself, arguing this week in Kentucky that "if you accuse someone of impeachment, I think a person should really come forward.
Sen. John Kennedy (R -La) wrote legislation that would not allow seven senior government officials to serve on the boards of Ukrainian companies, apparently the son of Hunter Biden and his role in Burisma's Ukrainian power company.
and sensors Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) .), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) repeatedly raised questions about gender change Johnson and Grassley wrote to Michael Atkinson, Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, on Wednesday afternoon, requesting the initiation of an investigation into the person who leaked the details of the [Service9] report and telephone9. Anonymous sources were used in the news to report on complaints and phone calls that were classified at the time. There were only a limited number of people who had access to the transcript of the complaint and the phone call, "wrote two senators.
However, Grassley also berated Trump and other Republicans for attacking the fighter earlier this week, assuming he was and Senator Johnny Ernst (Iowa) said Thursday that "the culprits must be protected. I'm with Chuck Grassley. "
But McCarthy doesn't sound like he is today. And after McCarthy wrote to Pelosi on Thursday afternoon to stop impeachment investigations and answer a number of questions about the impeachment process, approval was soon Trump.
"Leader McCarthy, we look forward to becoming the Speaker of the House soon. "There is no chance of doing nothing!" The president wrote.
John Bresnahan contributed to this report.