FoxNews.com reports that
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday the House will vote this week on a resolution to formalize — and establish the parameters — of the Trump impeachment inquiry.
In a letter sent to Democratic House lawmakers, Pelosi, D-Calif., said the resolution “affirms the ongoing, existing investigation” and “establishes the procedure” for future investigative steps.
“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.
Fox News has learned the vote will take place Thursday on the House floor.
It is not an actual article of impeachment, but rather a resolution that sets process ground rules.
Republicans hit back Monday at Pelosi over the planned vote, with South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham — the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which would play a role in a Senate impeachment trial — saying, “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-Calif., told Fox News: “What it authorizes is that we were right. You can’t go back now.”
The White House argued Monday that the move proves Democrats have been conducting an “unauthorized” inquiry.
“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.
Republicans for weeks have called for a formal House vote, challenging the legitimacy of the current framework for impeachment proceedings in the absence of one. Earlier this month, the White House wrote a defiant eight-page letter to Pelosi and top Democrats saying it would not cooperate with the impeachment inquiry.
“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.”
Pelosi made clear in her letter that the vote is being conducted because of the Republican complaints. She accused 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.”
Even as she announced a formal vote, Pelosi insisted Monday that this argument “has no merit.”
“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,” she said.
Everybody was wondering what the Democrats were going to do to take the 24/7 News Cycle Spotlight away from President Trump after his brilliant strategy of a staged withdrawal in Syria led to the elimination of the leader of ISIS.
Now, we know.
Pelosi is, to paraphrase the Eagles, “a prisoner of her own device”.
I am certain that she has read Democratic Internal Polling which shows that the overwhelming majority of Americans are fed up with the Dems’ Soviet-style secret meetings, which they euphemistically have referred to as an “Impeachment Inquiry”.
At the same time, the Far Left Democrats are continuing to demand President Trump’s Impeachment for daring to beat Clinton in the 2016 Presidential Election and actually succeed in keeping his Campaign Promises, making them look like the out-of-touch anti-America losers they are.
This upcoming vote on Thursday is her way of trying to appease all of the House Dems in order to keep her position as Speaker of the House.
I guarantee you, boys and girls, there will be nothing fair and equitable proposed by the House Democrats in the vote to make their “Impeachment Inquiry” a public spectacle.
They know that if they allow the House Republicans to subpoena and call witnesses and to ask questions of theirs that the process will confirm what the majority of Americans already know: that president trump has done nothing impeachable.
Of course, there is another reason why the Democrats are now shoveling their B.S. with both hands.
The results of the investigations by Inspector General Horowitz, Attorney General William Barr, and John Dunham will all be released soon.
And, if you do not believe that the Dems are scared spitless about the possible results of those investigations, then you probably have the IQ and moral turpitude of Now-Former Rep. Katie Hill.
The Democrats desperately believe that they HAVE to somehow damage Trump in the next few months to even have a chance to win back the Presidency in 2020.
Their Primary Candidates are nothing but a bunch of lightweights touting Marxist political ideas which have failed everywhere they have been tried.
What we average Americans will witness in the following days and months is the implosion of the Democratic Party, victims of their own post-election temper tantrum which became known as Trump Derangement Syndrome.
Get your popcorn ready.
Until He Comes,