Fox Business Guest Calls Impeachment Inquiry 'Secret Ritual' Run by 'Cult' Leaders Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff

A Fox Business guest has called the ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump a "secret ritual" run by a "cult" in an appearance on the network Wednesday morning.

Author Lee Smith told the Mornings with Maria show that he believed the inquiry was created with an aim to "protect the swamp," borrowing Trump's long-used insult for establishment political figures.

A new book by Smith published Tuesday, titled The Plot Against the President and covering the supposed "true story of how congressman Devin Nunes uncovered the biggest political scandal in U.S. history," has already reached the top of the bestseller's list on Amazon.

Speaking on Fox Business Wednesday, Smith said: "Here's how I see what we are calling the impeachment process. I see it as a secret ritual conducted by a cult.

"They're doing most of this in secret and I think it's worthwhile thinking of Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi as the high priestess of the cult and Adam Schiff as a high priest of the cult."

Smith then told host Maria Bartiromo that the "purpose" of the so-called cult was to "protect the swamp and what the swamp has done."

"President Trump was sent by the American voter to drain the swamp, and yet it's the role of Madam Pelosi and Mr. Schiff is to protect the swamp," he added. "What they're talking about—impeachment—is ridiculous. It bears no connection with reality, just as Russiagate bears no connection to reality."

The author's claim that impeachment was a "cult" on-air this morning was met with derision on social media.

Brian Klaas, a political scientist at University College London, tweeted: "Fox News guest calls impeachment—something outlined in Article II, Section IV of the US Constitution—a 'secret ritual performed by a cult.' These people are insane."

The Sunday Times journalist Tony Allen-Mills added: "Sometimes you feel that British politics has descended into deranged gibberish. But no, folks, THIS is what deranged gibberish really sounds like. Thank God we have Fox News to light our path to insanity."

Smith's characterization of the impeachment inquiry as a "secret ritual" run by a "cult" came two days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi revealed plans to formalize the impeachment inquiry in a vote on Thursday.

The impeachment resolution vote will also look to make hearings and deposition transcripts publicly available, having previously been available to both Republicans and Democrats on the House Intelligence, Foreigns Affairs and Oversight Committees.