Republicans Respond To Democratic-Led Formal Impeachment Inquiry

The circus has come to town. Okay, the circus has been in town, but it’s about to get bigger. US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced this afternoon that the House will proceed in a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s actions.

Speaker Pelosi has been very reserved in pursuing impeachment since Democrats gained the majority after last year’s elections, but whispers of impeachment has grown ever since a whistleblower complaint alleging that President Trump pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.

Now, I’m not an attorney nor do I claim to be an expert, but I believe the process will begin with a formal inquiry (we are here right now) to investigate if the President of the United States committed any high crimes or misdemeanors. Even if the US Congress believes that the President has and adopts articles of impeachment that are sent over to the Senate, the Constitution requires two-thirds of US Senators to vote in favor of conviction after holding a trial. Just as a reminder, Republicans still hold a majority in the Senate.

We are starting to get some response to Speaker Pelosi’s announcement. US House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy had a brief response to the formal impeachment inquiry:

Back here in Georgia, Georgia House Speaker David Ralston issued this statement:

“Just when you think they can go no lower, Washington Democrats have proven us wrong. No plan to grow jobs, no plan to allow hard-working Americans to keep more of their money and no plan to keep us safe, but wasted energy on an impeachment process that is going nowhere in a hurry. President Trump’s record of creating jobs, growing our economy, cutting taxes, and making sure America stands strong in the world is beyond dispute. Also beyond dispute is the obsessive hatred of Washington Democrats.”

And Congressman Tom Graves’ (R-GA-14) office issued this statement:

“Based on a report they have never seen, about a conversation they never heard, from a person they have never met, the Speaker and her following have decided to drag our country into a mess. The consequences will be severe. Our legislative process will grind to a halt and economic progress will be put at risk. Instead of tackling issues like immigration, infrastructure and trade, our country will be stuck in the grip of leftist hysteria once again. The reckless pursuit of impeachment simply hurts our country and nobody wins.”

You can expect more reaction as Republicans begin to circle the wagons. Did Democrats double-down on a nothing-burger, or will there be substance? Only time will tell. Grab your popcorn.

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Gregs
Gregs

“Just when you thought he couldn’t get any lower, David Ralston has used his office make sure another child molester goes free”. I felt compelled to fix that quote for the corrupt house speaker.

bethebalance
bethebalance

I could be wrong, but it seems odd that he even commented so quickly on this. Has he applied for the Senate job or something?

Gregs
Gregs

He’s either circling the wagons or the drain in an attempt to flatter the base president.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Yes anybody can do the math, but, and it’s a big but, can Republicans long endure the backlash for blind support of this incompetent reality teevee president?

xdog
xdog

The gop propaganda machine is smooth. I expect a lot of in-boxes got filled yesterday. Messaging is simple when every pol to the right of Joe Manchin is already a Fifth Avenue republican.

Also, Tom Graves shows his years of efforts to bury himself in the House legislative machinery haven’t affected his personal level of gall. “Our legislative process will grind to a halt and economic progress will be put at risk.” Can’t have that happening, can we Tom? Why don’t you get right on it?

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Good to know our system of government, norms, ethics and rule of law are a circus since the Master of Ceremonies is a destructive clown enamored and supported by the GOP.

Bart
Bart

In just a few minutes the call transcript will be released. Going to be a blast watching dems try to wash the egg off of their faces….oops, there it is now. 5 page unredacted transcript released, stand by. Just as Trump said, nothing there, no quid pro quo. Dems will undoubtedly misconstrue the transcript or just dismiss it outright because it flat kills their narrative.

bethebalance
bethebalance

No, they’re going to say that the Pres. requested selfish political favors while leveraging foreign aid and the power of the DoJ. To me, it sounds like a mobster: “One day, I’m gonna ask you a favor…” Trump has always been too smart to ask for something in a straightforward quid pro quo fashion. That’s just his nature. Dude doesn’t even like emails- they’re just potential evidence. And fwiw, quid pro quo is rarely ever done straightforwardly. That would be not clever. And I think the impeachment inquiry will have several legs that Dems will use, and one of those… Read more »

alpha male
alpha male

Come on Bart. You are underplaying Ukraine gate. Just wait. It is gonna completely take out a POTUS contender. But said contender completely taken out is gonna be Biden! Lol!

bethebalance
bethebalance

Who knows how this turns out, but from the basics that are out there, most notably the multinational effort surrounding the Ukrainian prosecutor, and already-done investigations, I am doubtful that anything gets turned up. My guess is that the DoJ had already looked into it and found nothing, which is why the Ukrainian Pres. was solicited for help. And why then would the Pres. seek any help regarding Joe or Hunter Biden? If corruption was the issue, then that’s internal to Ukraine, and you can talk all about the gas company and oligarchs and prosecutor without any need to reference… Read more »