Nancy Pelosi is determined to impeach the president, but she apparently wants to ensure that moderate democrats are protected from going on the record.
Pelosi told House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Thursday that she would not adhere to centuries of precedent and hold an authorization vote concerning the impeachment inquiry. Many people point out that her behavior is not surprising given that she has no evidence of wrongdoing but continues to claim that President Trump broke the law.
Recap from a democrat’s perspective: If you try to investigate crimes committed by us, that’s illegal!
On Thursday morning, McCarthy wrote to Pelosi to ask whether she intended to comply with the precedent set in three previous presidential impeachment inquiries (Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton) of having the full House vote to authorize an investigation.
McCarthy also asked whether Pelosi would comply with precedent by letting the minority have equal power to subpoena witnesses, allowing the president’s counsel to cross-examine them, and having the House Judiciary Committee lead the investigation (as required under existing House rules).
Pelosi responded that there was “no requirement under the Constitution, under House Rules, or House precedent that the whole House vote before preceding with an impeachment inquiry.”
PELOSI responds to MCCARTHY’s letter …
“I received your letter this morning shortly after the world witnessed President Trump on national television asking yet another foreign power to interfere in the upcoming 2020 elections.” pic.twitter.com/2ECMQpBmU0
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) October 3, 2019
Pelosi did not respond to any of McCarthy’s requests that she adhere to precedent on other points, including rights for the congressional minority.
As Breitbart News noted Wednesday, Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) have threatened to charge the administration with obstruction if it exercises even the ordinary constitutional rights of any criminal defendant to challenge witnesses whose testimony would be prejudicial or otherwise inappropriate.