Posted by 31 October 2019
Today the House of Representatives approved a resolution outlining how the ongoing impeachment inquiry against President Trump will be conducted.
By a vote of 232-196, the House approved House Resolution 660, which directs House committees to continue “ongoing investigations as part of the existing House of Representatives inquiry into whether sufficient grounds exist for the House of Representatives to exercise its Constitutional power to impeach Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America.”
Specifically, this resolution lays out certain procedures for the impeachment inquiry. These include:
- The Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence must hold hearings open to the public.
- Minority members of the Intelligence Committee may subpoena individuals for testimony, but only if the chairman of the committee or a majority of the committee agrees.
- Transcripts of depositions may be made public.
- The Intelligence Committee will transmit its findings to the House Judiciary Committee, which may then hold open impeachment hearings.
- Minority members of the Judiciary Committee may subpoena individuals for testimony, but only if the chairman of the committee or a majority of the committee agrees.
The vote on this resolution fell largely along partisan lines. All Republicans opposed it, while all but two Democrats supported it. President Trump and Republicans had argued that the current impeachment inquiry was illegitimate because it was not sanctioned by a full House vote. Speaker Nancy Pelosi countered that there is nothing in the House rules or the Constitution that requires such a vote. However, she allowed a vote on this resolution in an attempt to rebut such criticism. Now, however, House Republicans say that the vote came to late and that the process is already fatally flawed.
Do you support the House vote to formally allow an impeachment inquiry against President Trump?