Pelosi Chickens Out On Official Vote
The Democrats are running out of options…
Pelosi announced on Tuesday that she will not have a vote on the House floor to officially launch an impeachment inquiry into President Trump.
The decision ironically comes after Democrat representatives were getting an earful from constituents in districts that President Trump won in 2016 and in purple districts. Apparently, Democrat leadership reached out to members and I would bet didn’t have the votes support the vote.
Aides that work for the Democrat leadership did say that Pelosi could reverse course and would stage a vote if warranted.
“There’s no requirement that we have a vote, and so at this time we will not be having a vote,” Pelosi told reporters during a last-minute press briefing in the Capitol.
Pelosi’s decision comes as the President and Republicans in the House and Senate are calling on Democrats to hold formal hearings and be transparent in the process.
“The minority has been shut out of the process,” Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), the ranking member on the Foreign Affairs Committee, told reporters Tuesday. “It is being done in a … classified briefing room behind closed doors when it should be in front of the American people so that all can see in a very transparent way the testimony of these witnesses.”
Last week the Trump Administration sent a letter to Pelosi informing her that they won’t cooperate with any requests from Democrats until they make the impeachment inquiry official.
Democrat spin artists are claiming the argument to make the hearings public are a distraction.
“I don’t consider it necessary myself,” said Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-N.J.). “I think all these process arguments are diversions, put out there by people who don’t want to take about the substance because the substance is so incredibly damaging.”
I think the Democrats have run out of ammunition and have no choice but to keep things in the dark. President Trump called their bluff, Pelosi bowed to the extremists in her party, and now they got nothing.