Nate Jackson: Pelosi's Gambit on Impeachment Vote

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No vote has taken place on the inquiry as of yet; three previous votes on impeaching Trump have failed.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has revealed that Democrats are moving forward on a vote on impeachment procedures against President Trump on Thursday.

Rep. Jim McGovern, the chairman of the House Rules Committee, has promised to introduce a resolution "ensuring transparency and providing a clear path forward" for the impeachment inquiry today and said he aims to "markup" the resolution on Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET.

"From what we're hearing, it sounds like all they're trying to do is codify the Soviet-style impeachment process that they've been running", he said, "where they don't let both sides called witnesses, it's all Adam Schiff's personal show to try to build a case of innuendo because they don't have any real facts". It authorizes Judiciary to conduct hearings the way that's outlined for the House Intelligence committee's public proceedings, and gives Judiciary Republicans similar opportunities for presenting their own witness or documents. "That's why I voted for Trump", Roma said.

Jordan also said that every Republican is going to vote against it.

Nancy Pelosi has now announced the formal push to impeach President Trump that will be ratified Thursday.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who earlier this month did not comply with a deadline to submit subpoenaed materials, suggested this weekend he would do so if the House formally voted to open an impeachment inquiry (Energywire, Oct. 28). The process will be managed by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which is presided over by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), with Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) being the ranking minority member.

The measure will also lay out a process for public hearings; authorize the disclosure of deposition transcripts; and establish procedures for transferring evidence to the Judiciary Committee, which would consider articles of impeachment, as well as laying out "due process rights" for the president and his attorneys.

"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", Pelosi's letter read. 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".

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