The GOP not stressed as the House Judiciary Committee (Democrats) took the first vote on moving forward with impeachment proceedings against President Trump today.
The Democrat-controlled committee approved the resolution in a 24-17 vote, setting out the rules of the panel’s impeachment investigation. The resolution broadens “the committee’s investigative powers and lays out parameters for a full-fledged impeachment.”
So basically, it’s all fluff. Again.
According to Daily Wire:
“This committee is engaged in an investigation that will allow us to determine whether to recommend articles of impeachment with respect to President Trump,” said Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY). “Some call this process an impeachment inquiry. Some call it an impeachment investigation. There is no legal difference between these terms, and I no longer care to argue about the nomenclature.”
“But let me clear up any remaining doubt: The conduct under investigation poses a threat to our democracy. We have an obligation to respond to this threat. And we are doing so,” he said.
Under the resolution, the committee will be able to “designate certain hearings as part of the continuing investigation. It also gives committee lawyers the chance to question witnesses for an hour after all lawmakers have asked questions, and gives the White House counsel a chance to respond in writing to information presented to the panel,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
The vote came after two hours of testy debate in which House Democrats sought to define the parameters of the committee’s probe, with Nadler calling it an impeachment inquiry, even though House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others use different terms. Democrats have been walking a tightrope of late, with some members saying they are moving full throttle toward impeachment while others say no such thing is happening.
Republicans don’t seem concerned.
In fact, they’re mocking what appears to be just another grandstanding move.
“Democrats followed the yellow brick road, and now they’re fully lost in impeachment Oz,” said Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee. “Try as they might, they can’t find their way out of the mess they’ve made because they think words don’t matter.”
“All along they thought people were coming along with them and that the public was happy with this and other members of their own party were happy with this, but somewhere down the yellow brick road they looked around and said ‘there’s not all of us here, people aren’t following anymore,’” he said.
IF THEY ONLY HAD A BRAIN!
Calling the committee “a giant Instagram filter,” Collins said Nadler wants “the appearance of something that it’s not,”adding that the new move grants the chairman powers he already has.
“The difference between formal impeachment proceedings and what we’re doing today is a world apart no matter what the chairman just said,” Collins said, adding, “The chairman can do this at any time, because he wants the appearance of something that it’s not. You’re not in an impeachment inquiry.”
Basically, these dolts just want to make it look like they’re “doing something” to get rid of Trump to keep their rabid base happy.
They’re not, and we all know that.
Some Democrats from moderate districts were not pleased.
“It’s sucking the air out of all of the good stuff we’re doing,” Rep. Donna Shalala (D-FL), who flipped her seat from Republican control last year.
Keep at it, folks.
Americans with any semblance of a brain are getting pretty freaking tired of this.