House Democrats Set Vote On Impeachment Inquiry Procedures
Democrats in the House, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, are set to vote this on an impeachment inquiry into President Trump.
Rep. Jim McGovern of Massachusetts, who is chairman of the House Rules Committee, said on Monday that he plans to introduce a resolution on Tuesday to “ensure transparency” and “provide a clear path forward” in the coming impeachment inquiry.
Pelosi said in a letter to lawmakers that she plans a vote this week, likely on Thursday, The Hill wrote.
This would be the first formal vote on the new impeachment process by the House since Pelosi threw her support to an inquiry in September.
Democrats have insisted they did not need to hold a floor vote to launch the impeachment inquiry itself, despite calls for such a vote from the White House and Republicans.
“As committees continue to gather evidence and prepare to present their findings, I will be introducing a resolution to ensure transparency and provide a clear path forward,” McGovern said in a statement. “This is the right thing to do for the institution and the American people.”
The House Judiciary Committee in September took its first vote on moving forward with impeachment proceedings against Trump.
In a 24-17 party line vote, the Democrat-controlled committee approved a resolution that sets out the rules of the panel’s impeachment investigation. The vote did not launch a formal impeachment inquiry, but it did broaden the committee’s investigative powers and lays out parameters for a full-fledged impeachment.
“This committee is engaged in an investigation that will allow us to determine whether to recommend articles of impeachment with respect to President Trump,” said Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY). “Some call this process an impeachment inquiry. Some call it an impeachment investigation. There is no legal difference between these terms, and I no longer care to argue about the nomenclature.”
“But let me clear up any remaining doubt: The conduct under investigation poses a threat to our democracy. We have an obligation to respond to this threat. And we are doing so,” he said.
Republicans mocked the move.
“Democrats followed the yellow brick road, and now they’re fully lost in impeachment Oz,” said Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee. “Try as they might, they can’t find their way out of the mess they’ve made because they think words don’t matter.”
“All along they thought people were coming along with them and that the public was happy with this and other members of their own party were happy with this, but somewhere down the yellow brick road they looked around and said ‘there’s not all of us here, people aren’t following anymore,’” he said.
Calling the committee “a giant Instagram filter,” Collins said Nadler wants “the appearance of something that it’s not,”adding that the new move grants the chairman powers he already has.
“The difference between formal impeachment proceedings and what we’re doing today is a world apart no matter what the chairman just said,” Collins said, adding, “The chairman can do this at any time, because he wants the appearance of something that it’s not. You’re not in an impeachment inquiry.”