House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is pushing back on accusations that President Trump’s impeachment process has so far been unfair.
Riddled with secrecy, backroom meetings, closed-door hearings, undisclosed evidence, kicking out Republican lawmakers, Democrats are seemingly doing everything they can to make it seem like something nefarious is happening. For years, Democrats have alleged that President Trump is guilty of a crime—any crime—and now they have the power to investigate him.
Any impeachment process ought to be transparent and fair and Republicans have called out their colleagues.
After months of carrying out the secretive impeachment inquiry, Pelosi called for a vote to set up parameters and formalize the rules for an eventual impeachment inquiry vote.
Pelosi defended her own decision by saying the rules she introduced were “fairer than anything that has gone before in terms of an impeachment proceeding.”
"I'm going to answer it one time," @SpeakerPelosi said to a question about how fair impeachment is.
"These rules are fairer than anything that have gone before in terms of an impeachment proceeding." pic.twitter.com/uZjIyN25bR
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) November 2, 2019
The Daily Wire reports Thursday’s vote on the resolution was not “a chamber-wide vote to commence an impeachment inquiry itself.”
Here’s more from the report:
Yesterday morning, the House of Representatives finally took its first chamber-wide votes to formally move the ball forward on impeachment. As The Daily Wire reported, “The measure passed on a nearly strict party-line vote, 232-196, with all but two Democrats — Reps. Collin Peterson (D-MN) and Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ) — voting to pass the resolution. Rep. Justin Amash (I-MI), the House’s lone independent, voted to pass the resolution.”
But the resolution itself seems to only account for the processes that will be honored upon the commencement of a formal impeachment inquiry; it does not appear that Pelosi held a chamber-wide vote to commence an impeachment inquiry itself. It is true that such a prosaic vote is not strictly necessary, under properly decided U.S. Supreme Court precedent that affords the House of Representatives plenary power over its own impeachment proceedings, but it is also true that House Democrats would be prudent to hold such a vote if they want to continue down the rabidly undemocratic rabbit hole of staging an impeachment a year away from a national election.
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In case you didn't know, if impeachment passed the House, it won't pass in the Senate. Nothing will happen to Trump.
But Senate Republicans during trial will be allowed to subpoena *anyone* they want.
Wait for the heads to roll.
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) November 2, 2019