October 16, 2019

Pelosi Refuses to Hold Formal Vote on Impeachment Inquiry

  • Executive

By: Ted Patterson

In Brief:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced she does not have plans to take a vote on formal impeachment proceedings against the President.

The Background:

RP reported previously that the U.S. House of Representatives, which has a Democrat majority, launched an impeachment investigation against President Trump after an anonymous “whistleblower,” who we now know was a CIA officer detailed to the White House, complained that the president pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to “look into” questionable behavior by Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

Yesterday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said regarding a vote to formally approve impeachment inquiries, “There's no requirement that we have a vote, and so at this time we will not be having a vote. We're not here to call bluffs -- we're here to find the truth, to uphold the Constitution of the United States. This is not a game for us. This is deadly serious."

Why It Matters:

Fox News points out, “House rules do not require a vote to begin an impeachment inquiry, but it remains unclear whether the courts will agree that an impeachment inquiry has begun without such a vote. If courts do not find that a formal inquiry is in progress, they could curtail Democrats' evidence-gathering efforts.”

Notable Quotes:

“Pelosi seems to believe that she can hold a press conference and expect courts to accept that a formal impeachment process has begun. Some judges are likely to be uncomfortable with such an immaculate impeachment.”

Ted Patterson is editor of Republic Press.

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