ethic complain filed against Pelosi and Conservatives are calling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) out for her failure to adhere to proper procedure in regard to the ‘impeachment inquiry.’
While Pelosi finally held a vote today on rules to move forward with in the matter, 40 conservative groups have just filed an ethic complaint against her. They excoriated her for the past issues as well as continuing issues, calling the proceeding and her actions unconstitutional and partisan.
Jenny Beth Martin of the Tea Party Patriots wrote the letter sent to the Office of Congressional Ethics and signed onto by the groups.
From The Hill:
“Speaker Pelosi’s conduct is an encroachment across the constitutionally-mandated separation of powers. She has no business examining or investigating the president’s legitimate exercise of his authority to determine the foreign and national security policy of the United States,” the complaint stated.
“In launching her ‘official’ impeachment inquiry without benefit of a vote of the full House of Representatives and without indicating anything remotely qualifying as ‘treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors’ that is the subject of the inquiry, Speaker Pelosi has weaponized impeachment,” the complaint continued.
“She and her Democratic colleagues are using the impeachment process as a weapon of partisan political battle, rather than as the means to defend the Constitution our Framers meant it to be,” the complaint added.
Martin said that because the process had begun improperly, it had tainted any evidence so far collected. So having a formal vote now that pretends to justify the inquiry doesn’t cure the taint, but is fruit of the poisonous tree and has to be discarded for fundamental fairness.
Even the vote today wasn’t bi-partisan, not one Republican voted in favor of the rules resolution. Two Democrats voted against it, with Republicans, New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew and Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson.
We’ve already seen how harmful the improper proceeding can be. Some examples of the problem of improper procedure and actions include reports that House Intel Chair Adam Schiff was pressured witness Kurt Volker to testify as he, Schiff, wanted him to, as well as Schiff interfering in the questioning to stop Lt. Col Alexander Vindman from answering the questions of the GOP about who he might have talked to on the matter. Indeed, Schiff being in charge after not telling the truth about his and/or his aide’s contacts with the Ukraine whistleblower compromises his whole position and he should recuse himself.
A coalition of conservative groups has filed an ethics complaint against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D.-Calif., alleging she has “hypocritically usurped” the authority of the president and “weaponized” impeachment proceedings.
ethic complain filed against Pelosi
“In launching her ‘official’ impeachment inquiry without benefit of a vote of the full House of Representatives and without indicating anything remotely qualifying as ‘treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors’ that is the subject of the inquiry, Speaker Pelosi has weaponized impeachment,” reads the complaint, led by Tea Party Patriots Action’s Jenny Beth Martin and signed by 40 different groups.
The complaint adds that Thursday’s scheduled vote on a resolution codifying the impeachment inquiry is “inadequate at this stage” and says Pelosi’s “one-person decision” is in violation of historical precedent. In previous cases, the House has launched an official impeachment inquiry into a president by holding a vote of all the members.