House Passes Resolution to Formalize Impeachment Inquiry

WASHINGTON, DC — The House of Representatives on Thursday approved a resolution to formalize the procedures of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, marking a significant step in the ongoing investigation and setting the stage for the next phase in the investigation.

The vote was 232-196 and was the first time that the full House chamber took a vote related to the inquiry.

The resolution passed largely on party lines. Two Democrats, Reps. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey and Collin Peterson of Minnesota, split with their colleagues to vote against the resolution. No Republicans supported it. Independent Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, who left the Republican party earlier this year, voted in favor.

The resolution provides the procedural details for how the House will move its impeachment inquiry into its next phase as it investigates a whistleblower complaint alleging that the President attempted to pressure Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 presidential election by investigating the family of his potential political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.

The speaker usually does not preside, but for this historic vote — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was doing so Thursday morning.

Before the vote, Pelosi said she had the votes to pass the resolution but called it a “sad day” because “nobody comes to Congress to impeach a president.”

“Today we move further down the path in our inquiry by putting forth our procedures, which are very transparent and open and frankly more transparent and more open giving more privileges to the President,” Pelosi said.

Pelosi added: “It isn’t about partisanship, it’s about patriotism.”

The House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight Committees have been holding a series of closed-door interviews with current and former administration officials as part of the inquiry, a phase of the probe that is still ongoing and has already stretched over several weeks.

But House Democrats have said that they intend to hold public hearings as well and the resolution vote comes as the House gears up for that to soon get underway.

The text of the resolution lays out how the House Intelligence Committee will conduct public hearings and how the House Judiciary Committee “shall report to the House of Representatives such resolutions, articles of impeachment, or other recommendations as it deems proper.”

The resolution also states that the minority may request witnesses to be called and issue subpoenas — but those subpoenas can only be issued “with the concurrence of the chair,” meaning that Democrats would have to sign off on any Republican-led subpoenas.

The resolution says that the House Intelligence Committee will write a report “setting forth its findings and any recommendations” and that the report will be transmitted to the Judiciary Committee and be made public.

Congressional Republicans and the White House have criticized the way Democrats are conducting the impeachment inquiry as unfair and secretive, and Republicans have called on the full House to hold a vote to authorize the inquiry.

Democrats say Thursday’s vote is not a formal authorization of the impeachment inquiry, but the decision to hold a vote may nevertheless serve to undercut the Trump administration talking point that the inquiry was illegitimate because it did not receive a full House vote.

House Democrats are discussing a time frame that would include public impeachment hearings before Thanksgiving and votes on whether to impeach Trump by Christmas, multiple Democratic sources have told CNN, though the timing remains fluid.

24 comments

  • Lisa Marshinski

    Yea yea yea, they can impeach him, but they won’t remove him. It’s TDS at it’s finest, but wait, there will be more.

  • straubdavid9

    So now the Democrats want to talk about truth, the Constitution, and the flag? This is hypocrisy of the highest order. Them even touching my flag makes me ill.

  • Corporate media basher

    ***** I don’t believe for a second all the thumbs down some of these comments have. The people (the silent majority) know and are waking up to the deceptions we live under and the powers that be are afraid. These maniacs are using there cia controlled operation mockingbird media to confuse the people. Its ALL lies , big pile of manure is what the American people are fed daily.

  • Corporate media basher

    What this psychopath Pelosi is saying are all complete lies. First and foremost this is NOT a democracy like they try to teach us it is. We live in a constitutional republic. This left vs right design they created is certainly doing its job of keeping the peasants devided, deceived and distracted. They don’t call it “political theater ” for nothing. These people are the enemies. Our interests are not what concern these criminals.

  • Corporate media basher

    This is all a horse and pony show to keep the people divided, distracted and deceived while there agendas are in full swing behind the scenes. Agenda 21 and agenda 2030 coming to a town near you soon.
    ** give them bread and circuses and they will never revolt. How’s your favorite sports team doing this year? Smh.

    • Bob Stevens

      Some sad soul is also busy using the downvoting glitch to make it look as though people disagree with the truth. This is a full blown coup, and we are in the endgame… either Trumps team wins and locks up these traitors or We The People will have to take back the Republic… things are gonna get hot either way… The constitution will prevail.

    • Corporate media basher

      The thought police will not allow speech that doesn’t fit the globalist agenda. Local media are globalist as are ALL corporate media sources.

  • Raymond Van Louvender

    The Democratic Party has become a disgrace to people all across this nation. The embarrassment of their pathetic attempt to undermine “we,the people” with their desperation to rule, with no ethic’s, but squabbling being their only action, is not working. The deceitful and ill mannered way of their government policies are over, obviously witnessed by Democrat and Republican constituents alike, The growth and success of this country at present reflects what we appreciate and respect, with the downhill spiral over. JusSayin

    • Corporate media basher

      But the cattle eat it up. These people think this is reality. This is a big load of manure, the left vs right paradigm was created to keep the people divided, distracted and deceived. The programming, brainwashing and indoctrinating we all go through is so strong some cannot see through it. Its really sad what the controllers have created over past couple centuries.

  • JIMBRONY

    “nobody comes to Congress to impeach a president.”

    But, said 232 Democrats, in the case of DJT we’re more than willing to oblige.

    Another costly ruse and distraction that taxpayers will foot the bill for.

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