On Episode 73 of War Room: Impeachment, Stephen K. Bannon and Jason Miller discussed Chuck Schumer’s appearance on Morning Joe on Monday.
The two talked about the Senate Minority Leader’s handling of impeachment thus far in comparison to Speaker Pelosi.
Bannon began: “On Morning Joe this morning, in the week that we kick off impeachment, we have the one and only Chuck Schumer. They’ve often said that the most dangerous territory in Washington, D.C. is not the inner city. But the most dangerous territory is between Chuck Schumer and a microphone. And he’s been noticeably quiet in this entire process, he’s been very quiet about everything that’s going on. He came out the other day about China… But this morning he threw down hard on Morning Joe.”
“He certainly did,” Miller agreed. “And the difference between Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi is that Speaker Pelosi will run head first into a buzz saw. She doesn’t care if she loses… Pelosi will run right into that buzz saw.”
“She’s fearless,” Bannon added.
“Schumer picks and chooses his battles,” Miller continued.
“He’s not fearless,” Bannon contrasted the Speaker and Senate Minority Leader.
“Correct,” Miller said. “Schumer realizes that there’s an opportunity here with the White House and the Republican Senate debating on how they want to set up this trial in the Senate: witnesses, or no witnesses.”
Later in the show, Bannon and Miller resumed the discussion on Schumer, further discussing his Morning Joe appearance and his letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Schumer “threw down today” on Morning Joe, Bannon said. “He said, ‘hey if President Trump wants to have a trial to show his innocence, if President Trump wants to be exonerated and just not acquitted, then we have got some witnesses we would like to call, too.'”
Schumer requested four witnesses in a letter to Mitch McConnell: Mick Mulvaney, acting White House Chief of Staff and director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB); John Bolton, former National Security Advisor; Robert Blair, assistant to the acting White House Chief of Staff; and Michael Duffey, of OMB.
“Obviously there are things like executive privilege” when it comes to those four individuals, Miller said. “Republicans would have to vote to approve” those witnesses.
Schumer is “playing the media like absolute fiddles right now,” Miller continued.
“He’s throwing down OMB guys like Blair and Duffey, too. He want in to the OMB,” Bannon added. “It’s clear in the direction he’s going he wants to get fact witnesses up there that are going to walk through the OMB process, DOD process.”