“What is at stake? Our democracy.”
Those were Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s words this morning, just before House Democrats voted to adopt a resolution formalizing the rules of the impeachment inquiry, 232-196.
The vote means that the impeachment process will move on to its next vital step: public hearings that bring the details and evidence of Trump’s offenses to the American people. This is exactly what Republicans asked for—and still, not a single House Republican voted in favor of today’s resolution.
Why don’t House Republicans want those facts to be made public? If they believe it’s wrong for a president to pressure foreign governments to interfere in our elections, why didn’t they vote for today’s resolution?
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Other House Democrats joined Speaker Pelosi in articulating the need for a fair, open impeachment process:
- Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY): The “impeachment inquiry is about abuse of power. It’s about betrayal. It’s about corruption. It’s about national security. It’s about the undermining of our elections. It’s about defending our democracy for the people.”
- Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA): “There are no kings and queens in America. That is what separates this country from so many other nations. No one is above the law.”
- Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA): “Republicans requested a formal procedural vote, I expect nothing less than their full support for [the impeachment process resolution]. Anything less would be shameful.”
- Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA): “We have heard powerful corroborating evidence that President Trump led an extortion shakedown scheme over the Ukrainians, leveraging $391 million of taxpayer dollars to have a foreign power assist him in his upcoming campaign.”