House Democrats today, took the next step forward on their impeachment probe. The resolution passed almost entirely along party lines with a 232-196 vote.
The Resolution set ground rules for the inquiry and is intended to neutralize GOP attack line that Democrats hadn’t formalized the probe, as congressional investigators prepare to go public with the case against President Drumpf.
Democrats have shrugged off the GOP complaints and are moving forward with their efforts to remove the president from office at the same time that the White House and top Republicans have denounced the inquiry as unfair to the President.
Democrats are trying to impeach the president, because they are scared they cannot defeat him at the ballot box.”House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said today:
“Today, we are further down the path of our inquiry… It’s a sad day… Nobody comes to Congress to impeach the president.”
Today’s vote marks the first time full House has voted on any aspect of the impeachment inquiry. On one hand all Republican voted against the resolution formalizing the inquiry, on the other hand Democratic lost two of their members – Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-N.J.), a freshman and vocal impeachment critic, and Rep. Colin Peterson (D-Minn.), whose district went for Drumpf by 30 points in 2016 -.
Former Republican Rep. from Michigan Justin Amash, an independent who left the Republican Party and has fiercely criticized Drumpf, voted for the resolution.
Pelosi repeatedly stressed that the resolution is in no way a vote on impeachment, but simply a move to establish a process for public hearings.
Pelosi at a caucus meeting few days ago asked Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) to lead the caucus in a prayer, where he asked for guidance, strength and courage, according to multiple lawmakers.Pelosi with a rare floor speech ahead of the vote, she began by reading from the preamble of the Constitution and detailing the oath of office taken by each member of Congress:
The resolution is in no way a vote on impeachment, but simply a move to establish a process for public hearings”Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said today:
“This is something that is very solemn and is very prayerful. We had to gather so much information to take us to this next step… This is a solemn occasion.”
House Republicans who had previously demanded Democrats to formalize the Impeachment process have been furious today at the details of the resolution.
They claimed that the resolution limited Republican minority rights and attacked the Democrats for “secret interviews” and “selective leaks”
For instance, Republicans may issue subpoenas at Intelligence Committee hearings, but the requests can be vetoed by Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff!!!
The President and his legal team will be able to mount a defense and cross-examine witnesses in the House Judiciary Committee, but those actions will also need to be approved by Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.)!!!
Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) the House Minority Leader asserted on the House floor that:
“Democrats are continuing their permanent campaign to undermine (President’s) legitimacy… Democrats are trying to impeach the president, because they are scared they cannot defeat him at the ballot box.”
Republican Rep. Devin Nunes from California said:
“The House Intelligence Committee has ceased to exist… We now have a full-fledged impeachment committee in the basement of the Capitol.”
Though they ultimately backed the resolution on the floor, we had a number of Democrats complained that their caucus moved on with the resolution without adequately explaining the rationale,
Brindisi told the Syracuse Post-Standard:
“I think the vote will allow a fair and open process and will finally let Americans judge for themselves,”
Reps. Anthony Brindisi (D-N.Y.), Kendra Horn (D-Okla.), Jared Golden (D-Maine) and Joe Cunningham (D-S.C.) are some of the Democrats that was the first time they publicly endorsed the impeachment inquiry.
Cover Photo taken by Lauderdale County Democratic Party