Well, they’re finally doing it. After weeks of backroom dealing, House Democrats will hold a vote to push forward with an actual impeachment inquiry, as opposed to the narrative manufacturing operation they’ve been perpetrating since it became clear that the administration was now on offense.
Here is the full letter from Nancy Pelosi to her fellow Dems in the House:
Dear Democratic Colleague,
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.
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.
Yes, you are reading that correctly. The Speaker of the House will be holding a vote in Congress to “set forth due process rights for the President and his Counsel.” You know, those pesky due process rights that are guaranteed every American by the Constitution and have been the cornerstone of our justice system since its founding. They’re going to vote on that.
Just two weeks ago, Pelosi brushed off the calls from Republicans to hold a vote to formally authorize the impeachment probe. She accused them of attempting to avoid the allegations against the president by focusing on the impeachment process. Imagine being arrested and asking for access to a legal defense, only to have the police say, “you’re just trying to hide your bad deeds.” That’s essentially what has been happening here — the complete absence of due process. Now, Republicans and the president will have an equal seat at the table, and that table will be public.
Republicans have ratcheted up pressure recently by showing up to the Capitol SCIF—the place where these secret hearings are taking place—uninvited and demanding transparency. That counter-narrative, which has the added advantage of being true, has bore fruit in recent days, as some Dems have openly questioned the secretive nature of the process and asked for the House to be more transparent in its dealings.
While a federal judge in Washington ruled that Democrats did not need to take a formal vote to initiate their impeachment inquiry, the DoJ has already begun the appeals process for the decision. Pelosi seems unwilling to wait for the decision to be upheld in the courts, which implies she’s worried about giving the secrecy narrative more time to take root among the public.
The House resolution will be put forward tomorrow by Rules Committee Chairman James McGovern (D-MA) and the vote is expected to be held on Thursday. Keep in mind that this is not a vote to impeach, but rather a simple resolution that authorizes an “inquiry” to go forward. But by formally authorizing the inquiry, she is giving the president the rights he should have had from the beginning.
As far as a vote count, it’s my assumption that Pelosi wouldn’t hold the vote unless she was sure it would pass. A failure to reach the threshold for the resolution would be a massive embarrassment for Pelosi and one I’m certain she wouldn’t gamble on experiencing.
Open hearings are coming, along with all the noise, deception and out-of-context treachery that comes with them. It’s been a long three years for us Trump supporters. This is just the latest headache and I’m sorry to report that it will not be subsiding anytime soon. Thus, I urge readers to, as we say in the Army, “get your mind right.”
We’ve got some cornered Democrats who are fighting like hell to protect the Swamp. This next year is going to be the toughest yet. But we can handle it, and we WILL win. We’ll win for the same reason President Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in 2016. Despite having the whole of the media on her side, all the money in the world and a corrupt bureaucracy plotting for her behind the scenes at every turn, the American people could see through it.
And that’s the transparency Pelosi should fear most of all.
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