By Betsy McCaughey for the New York Post

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insists the impeachment procedures adopted last Thursday are “the fairest possible.” Don’t believe it. In truth, a provision slyly added at the last minute is all but certain to deprive President Trump of the ability to defend himself. Expect a one-sided propaganda circus with Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff acting as ringmaster.

Democrats are boasting about the “impeachment inquiry protections” offered to Trump, claiming they’re the same as the rules devised for President Richard Nixon and President Bill Clinton. But that’s a bald-faced lie.

Section F, quietly devised by Judiciary Committee Chair Jerold Nadler, stipulates that unless the president surrenders executive privilege — a power even the Supreme Court has ruled is vital to his office — he and his lawyers will be denied any ability to call or question witnesses.

House Democrats are behaving like thugs, twisting arms to get what the Constitution does not entitle them to demand.

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