Trump to dare Pelosi with written notice; no playing ball without actual impeachment vote

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will reportedly be receiving a letter from the White House challenging her to hold an impeachment inquiry vote.

The California Democrat is expected to get the letter Friday that will essentially be “daring” her to hold the vote on Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into the president, who will reportedly not be cooperating with the probe without a formal vote on the House floor, according to Fox News.

President Donald J. Trump speaks with reporters after disembarking Air Force One Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019 at Joint Base Andrews, Md. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

The letter follows correspondence from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who asked Pelosi to halt the impeachment inquiry until certain questions are answered and  “equitable rules and procedures” are established.

“Unfortunately, you have given no clear indication as to how your impeachment inquiry will proceed — including whether key historical precedents or basic standards of due process will be observed,” the California Republican wrote in a letter to the Speaker.

“In addition, the swiftness and recklessness with which you have proceeded [have] already resulted in committee chairs attempting to limit minority participation in scheduled interviews, calling into question the integrity of such an inquiry,” McCarthy added.

McCarthy’s letter referenced House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who is under fire for how he has handled the whistleblower complaint against Trump and his conducting of the impeachment inquiry. The California Democrat was called out Thursday over the closed-door testimony of former US envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker, who resigned last week.

Pelosi fired back with a letter of her own on Thursday, telling him that “existing rules of the House provide House committees with full authority to conduct investigations for all matters under their jurisdiction.”

“There is no requirement under the Constitution, under House Rules, or House precedent that the whole House vote before proceeding with an impeachment inquiry,” Pelosi added, claiming that she received McCarthy’s letter that morning “shortly after the world witnessed President Trump on national television asking yet another foreign power to interfere in the upcoming 2020 elections.”

She later invoked the Founders in a tweet calling out the loyalty of House Republicans to Trump rather than the Constitution.

Former United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, Joe DiGenova told Fox Business host Lou Dobbs that a vote on the House floor is exactly what Pelosi is avoiding because it would allow Republicans to subpoena witnesses.

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House Minority Whip Steve Scalise has also come out swinging against Democrats and their “baseless impeachment witch hunt.”

Rep. Ralph Norman believes the president is “playing his cards just right” to challenge Pelosi in a letter to take up a vote, telling Fox Business host Trish Regan that the Democrats are facing their “biggest blunder.”

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The president has consistently defended himself against the accusations following the whistleblower complaint about his July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

As president, Trump asserted in another tweet, he has an “absolute right, perhaps even a duty, to investigate or have investigated corruption, and that would include asking or suggesting other countries to help us out!”

He also reacted Thursday to the letter McCarthy had sent to Pelosi, telling the lawmaker “we look forward to you soon becoming Speaker of the House.”

New text messages revealed that there was no quid pro quo in Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian leader, as the president has asserted from the start. The messages between Volker, William Taylor, temporary ambassador to Ukraine, and Gordon Sondland, ambassador to the European Union appeared to back the president’s claims that he never asked Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden in exchange for releasing U.S. military aid.

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