Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi is under pressure to hold a House floor vote on impeachment when lawmakers return to Congress next week after a two-week recess, according to MSN.
Progressive Democrats are demanding an official floor vote to open an impeachment inquiry.
“I think it’s time for us to put a vote on the floor, a resolution for the inquiry structured in such a way that it can move forward with full power of the Congress behind it,” Rep. John Garamendi of California told CNN this week.
White House counsel Pat Cipollone told House Democrats last week that unless there is a floor vote, the Trump administration will not cooperate with a House impeachment inquiry.
“In the history of our nation, the House of Representatives has never attempted to launch an impeachment inquiry against the president without a majority of the House taking political accountability for that decision by voting to authorize such a dramatic constitutional step,” White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote.
During a Friday, Oct. 11, conference call with Pelosi, some Democrats were expected to urge a House vote, which will easily pass with majority of 217-vote threshold, according to MSN.
“They want a fight, then let us arm ourselves completely and totally with the full power of the Congress,” Garamendi said.
While Garamendi predicted a House vote on impeachment in the coming week or two, Pelosi hasn’t indicated whether she’ll take that step other than telling reporters last week a vote “is not anything that is excluded.”
Three House committees have been conducting hearings and depositions with a string of witnesses who Democrats believe have information about Trump’s effort to get Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and the Democratic National Committee, according to MSN.
According to Fox News, last week a senior member of the House Democratic Caucus told the network that it’s unlikely that Speaker Nancy Pelosi would hold a vote on impeachment in the House of Representatives even though they insist they have the 217 votes needed to pass articles of impeachment.
One reason Pelosi doesn’t want to call a vote is because once they vote, the Republicans get certain rights under rules of impeachment, like the right to subpoena witnesses.
The former chairman of the House Oversight Committee, retired Rep. Jason Chaffetz from Utah told Fox News, “If Pelosi took a vote, then the minority Republicans would get some rights.” And he continued, “Nancy Pelosi does not want the minority to have subpoena authority (to subpoena Hunter Biden).”
“We know what comes next. There will be more ‘whistleblowers’ with more claims that cannot be definitively verified. They will all [claim they’re] afraid to come out in the open for fear for their lives, or fear of flying, or fear of retaliation. Until the Democrats need to use them and forget them, as they did to Christine Blasey Ford’s still-unverified allegations and to Schiff’s now-debunked memo,” Chaffetz continued.
“Americans are not fooled. By now, most of us have heard the message loud and clear. Democrat Al Green told us exactly what it was about when he told MSNBC, ‘I’m concerned that if we don’t impeach this president, he will get re-elected,’” Chaffetz added.
Earlier, President Donald Trump on Saturday, Oct. 12, also announced before the Family Research Council that he wants to sue House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), according to CNN.
“We’re going to take a look at it. We’re going after these people,” Trump told the attendees, adding, “These are bad, bad people.”
The anonymous whistleblower accused Trump of pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, and claimed that the president threatened to pull military aid from Ukraine to hurt Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign.
“Impeachment,” Trump said. “I never thought I’d see or hear that word with regard to me. Impeachment. I said the other day it’s an ugly word. To me, it’s an ugly word. Very ugly word. It means so much. It means horrible, horrible crimes and things, I can’t even believe it. It’s a witch hunt.”
“Sue him anyway, even if we lose, the American public will understand,” the president continued.
“And sue Nancy Pelosi,” Trump said. “Or maybe we should just impeach them, because they’re lying and what they’re doing is a terrible thing for our country.”