House Speaker Nancy Pelosi must know lawmakers, like most Americans, do not support Democrats in their efforts to impeach President Donald Trump.
The California Democrat confirmed to reporters on Tuesday that “at this time,” an official vote on the House impeachment inquiry was not going to be held.
(Video: Fox News)
“She doesn’t have the votes,” Fox News host Sean Hannity announced following reports of Pelosi’s comments.
He shared with viewers on “Hannity” Tuesday the list of Democrats in House districts won by Trump in 2016, wondering if the lawmakers would betray their own constituents and “attempt to overthrow the president because of a hoax.”
“Those are the lawmaker who, by the way, will make or break the radical, socialist Democratic Party’s impeachment dreams,” he said. “As of tonight, they are the reason Nancy Pelosi won’t dare hold a vote, because she’s probably going to lose.
Pelosi spoke to reporters about a formal vote during a press conference with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff.
“There’s no requirement that we have a vote and at this time we will not be having a vote,” she said Wednesday, adding some fluff about “seeking the truth” and “upholding the Constitution.”
JUST IN: Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she just had a meeting with the House Democratic Caucus and there will be no impeachment inquiry vote by the House “at this time.” https://t.co/OXQhwBtLij pic.twitter.com/IUq5zsfmpS
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) October 15, 2019
“The House will have the sole power of impeachment,” Schiff responded to the question on voting, avoiding a direct answer before handing it over to Pelosi.
“And there is no court that’s going to find otherwise,” he said. “I think Republicans know it but they don’t want to discuss the president’s conduct, they would much rather discuss process.”
Several reports confirmed that the Democrat Caucus would not be holding a formal vote and that Pelosi had been speaking with members on Tuesday.
Confirmed no impeachment inquiry vote by House at current time. This can change at some point in near future, but Pelosi & other Dem leaders say no consensus yet inside Dem Caucus https://t.co/tfBi4FQ5X0
— John Bresnahan (@BresPolitico) October 15, 2019
Fox is told Pelosi plans no vote right now to formally launch impeachment probe at this time. She has been discussing this with House Democrats
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) October 15, 2019
Breaking: NO House floor vote on authorizing an impeachment inquiry, per an aide inside Dem caucus meeting.
“Consensus is no vote at least right now. Many members do not want to be seen as letting the WH dictate how a separate and equal branch of govt conducts itself”
— Sheryl Gay Stolberg (@SherylNYT) October 15, 2019
But while Pelosi may be trying to avoid a formal vote on impeachment which would likely expose vulnerable red-state Democrats facing reelection in 2020, Democrats are still plowing ahead with their secret, closed-door hearings.
Schiff effectively acknowledged that the secret hearings are designed to keep Trump and his lawyers in the dark about the proceedings.
“We want to make sure that we meet the needs of the investigation and not give the president or his legal minions the opportunity to tailor their testimony and in some cases fabricate testimony to suit their interests,” the California Democrat told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday.
And while Democrats control the narrative with closed-door hearings, they also worked a change into the rules by calling the secret interview depositions now, thereby limiting attorneys.
Closed door interviews for impeachment probe are now considered depositions. More restrictions surrounding the material, like an interview. Depositions limit 1 attorney to asking questions per round. If cmtes issue subpoenas, it moved from a transcribed interview to a deposition
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) October 15, 2019
Characterizing the impeachment as a grand jury and blocking the Minority members from issuing subpoenas and questioning witnesses are other tactics Democrats are using in the sham investigation against the president.
Impeachment is NOT a Grand Jury,
and any TDS-infected Democrat telling you that is either an ignoramus, or a liar. Members of the Grand Jury are supposed to be impartial while Schiff and his band of lunatics are nothing of the sort. Stop the nonsense.
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) October 14, 2019
Wait, I thought this was “like a Grand Jury.” Are Grand Juries done taking “votes” too? 👇🏻👇🏻
Pelosi: We’re Not Having a Formal Impeachment Vote ‘at This Time’ https://t.co/eCThmDVdwr
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) October 16, 2019
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