|Posted: 15 October 2019 at 5:07pm | IP Logged | 11
Today, Speaker Pelosi announced that there will NOT be a vote launching an official impeachment inquiry into the President of the United States. Interesting timing, as Majority Whip Clyburn had been dispatched to take a count of the membership for just such a vote only a couple of days ago.
I fully support the impeachment inquiry into the President of the United States, HOWEVER, I cannot help but question Speaker Pelosi's motives for not holding a vote of the full House to OFFICIALLY launch such an inquiry.
It's no secret that Pelosi has been extremely hesitant re: impeachment; and only gave in under intense pressure from the bulk of liberals and progressives in her caucus. Refusal to officially launch the inquiry smacks of the pure politics of wanting to protect her red state/red district moderate members.
An official pronouncement from the full House that they are launching impeachment proceedings would grant the minority Republicans more rights during the process, but that seems only fair - say what you will about the APPALLING abuse of the impeachment clause against President Clinton - at least Speaker Gingrich wasn't afraid to hold a full open vote and grant DEMOCRATS those extra rights during the process.
Speaker Pelosi may have the POWER to do what she is doing - but, it's an exercise of RAW power the flies in the face of the rules and traditions of the House, to say nothing of it being a bad move politically, as it continues to arm the Republicans with a political football to run with.
Edited by Marc Baptiste on 15 October 2019 at 5:07pm