The Democrats are getting battered in the arena of public opinion for their shady, underhanded, non-transparent activities surrounding their obsession with impeaching President Trump.
They also appear to be coming up short on evidence in their second attempt to prove President Trump has committed any wrongdoing that warrants impeachment.
Fox News is reporting that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced after meeting with the House Democratic caucus on Tuesday that there will be no vote — at least for now — on the launch of formal impeachment proceedings against President Trump.
“There’s no requirement that we have a vote, and so at this time we will not be having a vote,” Pelosi said. “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.”
The move was seemingly a boon for moderate Democrats in swing districts, who have been reluctant to have a formal vote in favor of the proceedings as the 2020 elections approach — even as they also have sought to appease liberal constituents by vocally backing the ongoing inquiry.
A congressional aide familiar with House Democrats’ discussions told Fox News that many House Democrats did not want to be seen as letting the White House dictate how the House conducted itself. Last week, the White House sent a fiery letter to House Democrats announcing that it would not cooperate with their inquiry, for several reasons — including that, contrary to past precedent, no formal vote had been held on whether to begin impeachment proceedings.
Pelosi last month unilaterally held a news conference announcing that such proceedings were in progress. House rules do not require a vote to begin an impeachment inquiry, but it remains unclear whether the courts will agree that an impeachment inquiry has begun without such a vote. If courts do not find that a formal inquiry is in progress, they could curtail Democrats’ evidence-gathering efforts.
The only thing better than Nancy Pelosi making the announcement would have been if Rep. Adam Schiff made the announcement.