Jerry Nadler, the former Democrat of the House who is leading the investigation of President Trump and his government on a charge of dismissal, has deeply angered Republicans, attracted anonymous criticism from fellow Democrats, but widely earned the respect and praise of his own party in his quest to investigate the president.
"Nader is doing a spectacular job," said David N. Cicilline, Member of the Judiciary Committee, D-RE Examiner from Washington. "Our President is actively seeking witnesses and documents and working with all committee members."
Cicilline explained that Nadler "provides extraordinary leadership".
Everyone is not in agreement. Unspeakable critics on the Democratic side complained that Nadler, DN.Y., was dragging himself to the helm of the Judiciary Committee, allowing a series of critical witnesses to dismiss the subpoenas without reprimand and failing to proceed strategically at the opening of an impeachment investigation before 2020 election.
They also reproached him for failing to have the testimony of Attorney General William Barr and Special Advocate Robert Mueller.
The Republicans of the panel are not happy either.
They believe that Nadler had difficulty assuming a leadership role as president, a position he assumed in January, and they say he lost control of the Democrats on the committee.
They point to growing pressure from progressive Democrats for dismissal, claiming that Nadler's desire to welcome them has caused chaos among the panel.
The most prominent Progressive Democrats have intensified their calls for removal.
"If this is not the time … what is the bar, what is the limit we are expecting for an impeachment investigation, and so far, there does not seem to be one," said the representative. . Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., told CNN last week.
More than half of the two dozen Democrats on the Judiciary Committee, including Cicillin, are now in favor of immediately opening an indictment investigation that has heightened pressure on Nadler, according to the GOP .
"He has enormous challenges to face because the Democratic base wants to dismiss this president," said Steve Chabot, a long-standing judicial commissioner, in R-Ohio. Washington Examiner. "I love Jerry on a personal level, but I think he's having a little trouble."
The representative of the Democratic group, the representative Doug Collins, R-Ga., Asked Nadler to establish a better control over the deliberations of the committee, which have sometimes become theatrical and appellative to the Trump administration.
When Barr refused to show up for an audience last month, for example, Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., Dug into a bucket of Kentucky fried chicken located on the stage, in front of the empty seat of witnesses.
Republicans also accused Nadler of holding a dummy hearing on the Mueller report last week, featuring a Watergate character and convicted felon, John Dean, a former White House president's lawyer, President Nixon.
"You're here functionally as an accessory because they can not dismiss President Trump because 70% of Democrats want something that 60% of Americans do not like," Dean Representative Matt Gaetz told R-Fla . "So they're in a dead end, and you're sitting in front of us without any information on the Mueller report at a hearing called" Mueller Report Lesson. "
Nadler declined to comment when he was questioned at Capitol Hill about his approach.
The Democrats on the panel have defied the rules against personal attacks on the president, Collins wrote to Nadler last week. Committee Democrats have called Trump a "pathetic person," who "turned the US government into a lucrative operation," for example.
"He created his members to be in a position to launch personal attacks against the president," said a GOP assistant.
Collins' letter to Nadler reprimanded him for failing to prevent Trump's hated Democrats from sitting on the committee.
"This marks a disturbing departure from the norms that have governed a worthy debate in the House since its inception," Collins wrote. "Members who continually break the rules must be reprimanded. The rules of decorum exist for a reason; It is unbecoming that members of the Judicial Commission make personal attacks on the character of the president. "
The judicial commission representative, Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said he felt the pressure on Nadler from the pro-dismissal base was a heavy price and led Nadler to trample on the rights of the Republican minority.
At Barr's no-show hearing, for example, Nadler refused to allow the group's Republicans to speak, cutting off their microphones.
"He has always focused on fairness and justice and on the fact that people are heard and do the right thing," said Gohmert. Examiner from Washington. "Frankly, I'm pretty surprised how he runs the committee."
Despite the criticism, Nadler accumulates new victories in the search for Democrats to investigate Trump.
Nadler turned 72 on Thursday and had more than one birthday to celebrate.
Hope Hicks, former Director of Communications at the White House, asked Ms. Nadler that she would appear before the Judiciary Committee for a hearing transcribed in camera on June 19.
Nadler had been following Hicks' testimony for weeks and had drawn criticism from anonymous critics who thought his patience with reluctant administration witnesses had sent a signal to Trump's team that could ignore the judiciary and others. subpoenas.
But his patience paid off with Hicks and other members of the Trump administration.
Earlier last week, the Department of Justice suddenly agreed to provide some of the underlying documents sought by Nadler and the Democrats in the redacted version of the Mueller Report, which was about alleged collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and the Russians.
The DOJ's concession followed Nadler's efforts for several weeks and forced Barr to publish the unredacted report. She arrived just before a vote in the House to condemn him for contempt, which sent the case to a federal court.
Representative Ted Lieu, D-Calif., A member of the Judiciary Committee who declared his support for the impeachment, described the DOJ's agreement as "a good victory" for the committee. Lieu stated that the strategy put forward by Democrats in the House to await dismissal and to pursue lawsuits was to empower Trump 's administration, even if it' s not going to happen. was not acting a dismissal investigation.
Two recent lawsuits have ruled in favor of Democrats seeking Trump's financial and tax statements, Lieu noted.
"We won lawsuits, the [Justice] The department just gave in, giving us the underlying documents, "he said. "We are trying."
Representative Barbara Lee, D-Calif., A former progressive legislator who wants to dismiss Trump, nevertheless adopted Nadler's tactics, she told the Examiner from Washington.
"He uses all the tools he has to know the truth," Lee said.