House Republicans are knocking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) after she made it known that she isn’t going to hold a vote now on an impeachment inquiry.
“There’s no requirement that we have a vote,” the House speaker said, adding, “We’re not here to call bluffs. We’re here to find the truth to uphold the Constitution of the United States. This is not a game for us. This is deadly serious.”
She added that House Democrats are already on a “path to truth.”
See Pelosi’s comments below:
"We're not here to call bluffs. We're here to find the truth," Speaker Nancy Pelosi says when asked about the decision not to hold an impeachment inquiry vote for now.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) October 16, 2019
“This is a total sham,” McCarthy tweeted.
During Wednesday’s press conference, several House Republicans tore into their Democratic colleagues for continuing with an impeachment inquiry, without a full vote.
House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) claimed that the materials regarding the impeachment probe are being “kept in secret” from other members of Congress.
“The Constitution of the United States does not say that the power of impeachment resides with Speaker Pelosi, doesn’t say it resides with the speaker of the House, doesn’t say it resides with the chairman of the Intel Committee. It says it resides with the House of Representatives. It is a really shameful miscarriage of their responsibilities and their duties, for them to be conducting this exercise, in which they will not even share information with members of Congress beyond the select few that they have identified.”
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) said House Republicans want to make the “message clear” to their Democratic colleagues “that how [the impeachment inquiry] is happening is absolutely untenable, unacceptable, and unprecedented. It is not due process.”
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) questioned, “Why are they trying to impeach a President of the United States behind closed doors, in secret, where the public can’t see it, the press can’t see it?”
“We have an election next year. In fact, we had an election in 2016, and I understand that there were some people that didn’t support Donald Trump, but he won. He was duly elected by the American people. Some of them still haven’t gotten over it and are trying to reverse the decision that was made by the people of this country.”
Watch the press conference below:
Additionally, Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) had something to say about Pelosi’s announcement on holding off on the vote.
As he said on Twitter, Pelosi’s remarks “further reveals that she intends to keep her partisan ‘impeachment’ push in the shadows, where she and [Adam Schiff] can keep the truth and their unfair tactics are hidden from public scrutiny.”