Speaker Nancy Pelosi Caves, Announces Floor Vote to Authorize Impeachment Proceedings

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement Monday afternoon announcing the House will vote on whether or not to direct “certain committees to continue their ongoing investigations as part of the existing House of Representatives inquiry into whether sufficient grounds exist for the House of Representatives to exercise its Constitutional power to impeach Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, and for other purposes.”

Former White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon will address this breaking story in a LIVE podcast of War Room Impeachment from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. central time today. You can listen to that LIVE podcast here.

“Dear Democratic Colleague,” Pelosi’s new release began. “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.”

She continued:

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.

She signed the statement, “best regards, Nancy” [sic].

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham issued a statement to the White House press pool in response to the Speaker’s move to advance impeachment proceedings, according to several news outlets:

“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.”

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Photo “Press Secretary Grisham with President Trump” by Stephanie Grisham.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Steve Allen

    This is a joke as they hold the majority in the house. It will be interesting to see how many Democrats from Republican strongholds vote in favor. This is just a symbolic show of force as the Senate must vote in favor, which they will not. What a complete waste of time and money. No matter whether or not you like President Trump as a person, he has done more to improve the lives of all Americans of all races than any president in the last few decades.

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