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In a rather odd turn of events, Donald Trump is set to ignore the possibility of impeachment until a popular vote is held. According to Nancy Pelosi, that doesn’t wash.
According to Axios, Donald Trump will ignore the possibility of his impeachment.
Directed at Nancy Pelosi, White House will state that until a vote in the house for impeachment is held, Donald will simply not open his mail.
The planned letter is important, as it represents that the White House is prepared for a battle in the courts, and will argue its case (particularly to that public) that their resistance to the suspicions of Congress is justified.
The American public finds itself split over the merits of impeachment, with a recent poll putting it close to a 50-50 split.
In opposition, Pelosi maintains that there “is no requirement under the Constitution, under House Rules, or House precedent that the whole House vote before proceeding with an impeachment inquiry,” as she stated in a Thursday letter to the House’s Republican Leader, Kevin McCarthy.
Axios surmises that three things are afoot:
- Trump wants to force House Democrats in vulnerable races to be on the record if they favour pursuing impeachment, these sources tell us.
- Republicans also say the minority party can exert more influence over hearings and other aspects of an inquiry once it is formalised with a vote.
- By calling this an inquiry without holding a vote, Pelosi and the Democratic committee chairmen are having it both ways, one official said. “They want to be a little bit pregnant.”