Published October 30, 2019
The Washington Post
Republicans have been urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to hold a vote authorizing that chamber’s impeachment investigation. Now that she has scheduled a vote for Thursday formalizing procedures for the impeachment inquiry, they might wish they hadn’t pushed so hard.
The vote’s outcome is a foregone conclusion, as a clear majority of the House, and almost all Democrats, have publicly declared their support for such an inquiry. The only practical effect of the resolution is to allow Democratic members from swing districts to distance themselves from the speaker’s effort without disrupting her plans. It’s hard to see how that is in the GOP’s interest.
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Henry Olsen is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.
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