House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the House will vote this week on a resolution to formalize and establish the parameters of the Trump impeachment inquiry. In a letter that I will share at the end of this post, she said the resolution “affirms the ongoing, existing investigation” and “establishes the procedure” for future investigative steps.
Then when Pelosi was asked by NBC News about the resolution, she responded by saying “it’s not an impeachment resolution.” Excuse me? The legislation will be the first floor vote on impeachment since Pelosi and House Democrats launched their inquiry a month ago. “We are taking this step to eliminate any doubt as to whether the Trump Administration may withhold documents, prevent witness testimony, disregard duly authorized subpoenas, or continue obstructing the House of Representatives,” Pelosi said to Democrats early Monday via her letter.
There are currently 228 Democrats who support impeachment or an impeachment inquiry. And The Daily Caller pointed out that Pelosi has said she believes Trump is “goading” Democrats to impeach him because he thinks it will help him fire up his base. One wonders is this is just more smoke and mirrors or if it is some kind of elaborate political trap set for Trump.
From The Daily Caller:
“The Republican National Committee (RNC) raised approximately $1 million dollars the day after Pelosi came out in favor of the impeachment of Trump for the first time after meeting with her caucus.
JUST IN: @SpeakerPelosi says the House will vote Thursday to formalize the impeachment inquiry that "establishes the procedure" for the ongoing investigation. Letter to colleagues obtained by @RebeccaRKaplan: pic.twitter.com/KnDCQnVntc
— Ed O'Keefe (@edokeefe) October 28, 2019
“Democrats have continued to send congressional subpoenas to those close to Trump for documents related to the ongoing scandal regarding Trump’s phone call with the President of Ukraine and whether Trump asked him to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden in exchange for U.S. military aid to Ukraine. The House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight committees are all investigating Trump, his cabinet members, and closest allies.
“Many of Pelosi’s Democratic colleagues previously pushed for impeaching Trump, including Democratic Texas Rep. Al Green, who broke with Pelosi when he vowed to force a vote to impeach Trump in late March. Green, who previously had several bills to impeach Trump overwhelmingly rejected by the House of Representatives, called for a third impeachment vote. Pelosi said impeachment was “just not worth it” in a March interview.
“Pelosi previously said she would not hold a full vote to authorize an impeachment inquiry, which Trump has continued to call for.”
Here is @SpeakerPelosi’s letter to colleagues announcing vote this week on resolution that affirms ongoing impeachment inquiry and authorizes making hearings, deposition transcripts, etc public pic.twitter.com/NSGM8GpAPE
— Sabrina Siddiqui (@SabrinaSiddiqui) October 28, 2019
The vote is scheduled to take place on the House floor on Thursday. One assumes that Pelosi thinks she has the votes for this move. Despite what Pelosi falsely claims, this is a resolution that sets process ground rules. House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern (D-MA) said he will introduce the resolution Tuesday and that his committee will mark it up Wednesday afternoon. This would set things up for an expected Thursday vote.
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said, “A vote now is a bit like un-ringing a bell as House Democrats have selectively leaked information in order to damage President Trump for weeks.” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told Fox News: “What it authorizes is that we were right. You can’t go back now.” The White House has argued that the move proves Democrats have been conducting an “unauthorized” inquiry.
Speaker Pelosi, asked by @AlexNBCNews to comment on the impeachment resolution:
“It’s not an impeachment resolution.” pic.twitter.com/9A6qBan9mf
— Rebecca Kaplan (@RebeccaRKaplan) October 28, 2019
“We won’t be able to comment fully until we see the actual text, but Speaker Pelosi is finally admitting what the rest of America already knew – that Democrats were conducting an unauthorized impeachment proceeding, refusing to give the President due process, and their secret, shady, closed-door depositions are completely and irreversibly illegitimate,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.
“I take pride in the fact that our vigorous response to their underhanded tactics ended up making the House Democrat position untenable,” Graham said Monday. “Today, they were forced to change course.”
In a statement, Schiff, the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence said: “This week, we will bring to the floor a resolution that establishes the format for open hearings that will be conducted by the House Intelligence Committee as part of the House’s ongoing impeachment inquiry, as well as procedures to transmit any evidence or report to the Judiciary Committee. The American people will hear firsthand about the president’s misconduct.”
Pelosi is accusing Trump and his GOP allies of holding the position that “because the House has not taken a vote, they may simply pretend the impeachment inquiry does not exist.”
“Of course, this argument has no merit,” Pelosi said in the letter, citing the Constitution and a federal judge’s recent ruling saying a floor vote wasn’t necessary. But “We are taking this step to eliminate any doubt as to whether the Trump administration may withhold documents, prevent witness testimony, disregard duly authorized subpoenas, or continue obstructing the House of Representatives.” What a joke this woman is.
Trump has done nothing that is impeachable and this is all to distract Americans and to put on a show. I’ll end off with Pelosi’s letter — it’s a whopper — via The Daily Mail:
“October 28, 2019
“‘Dear Democratic Colleague,
“‘For weeks, the President, his Counsel in the White House, and his allies in Congress have made the baseless claim that the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry “lacks the necessary authorization for a valid impeachment proceeding.” They argue that, because the House has not taken a vote, they may simply pretend the impeachment inquiry does not exist.
“‘Of course, this argument has no merit. The Constitution provides that the House of Representatives “shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.” Multiple past impeachments have gone forward without any authorizing resolutions. Just last week, a federal court confirmed that the House is not required to hold a vote and that imposing such a requirement would be “an impermissible intrusion on the House’s constitutional authority.” More than 300 legal scholars have also refuted this argument, concluding that “the Constitution does not mandate the process for impeachment and there is no constitutional requirement that the House of Representatives authorize an impeachment inquiry before one begins.”
“‘The Trump Administration has made up this argument – apparently out of whole cloth – in order to justify its unprecedented cover-up, withhold key documents from multiple federal agencies, prevent critical witnesses from cooperating, and defy duly authorized subpoenas.
“‘This week, we will bring a resolution to the Floor that affirms the ongoing, existing investigation that is currently being conducted by our committees as part of this impeachment inquiry, including all requests for documents, subpoenas for records and testimony, and any other investigative steps previously taken or to be taken as part of this investigation. This resolution establishes the procedure for hearings that are open to the American people, authorizes the disclosure of deposition transcripts, outlines procedures to transfer evidence to the Judiciary Committee as it considers potential articles of impeachment, and sets forth due process rights for the President and his Counsel.
“‘We are taking this step to eliminate any doubt as to whether the Trump Administration may withhold documents, prevent witness testimony, disregard duly authorized subpoenas, or continue obstructing the House of Representatives.
“‘Nobody is above the law.