VOTE TO PROCEED EXPECTED TO PASS
by Sharon Rondeau
(Oct. 31, 2019) — At 10:54 a.m. EDT, the U.S. House of Representatives concluded debating whether or not to approve a resolution introduced by the Democrat majority on Monday reportedly clarifying the “impeachment inquiry” launched by Speaker Nancy Pelosi on September 24.
C-Span and Fox News are broadcasting the hearings, with the latter interjecting commentary by anchors and political observers.
The resolution covers “Directing certain committees to continue their 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, and for other purposes.”
At 10:55 a.m. Chad Pergram of Fox News reported that a vote to take an official vote occurred and that the result of the full House vote might be completed by 11:30 a.m.
Pelosi officially opened the “inquiry” after a “whistleblower” filed a complaint, based on second-hand information, that Trump attempted to unduly influence Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy during a July 25, 2019 telephone call in which Trump asked Zelenskiy to investigate whether or not there was corruption associated with the firing of former Ukrainian chief prosecutor Viktor Shokin and Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, having received $50,000 a month to sit on the board of directors of Ukrainian energy company, Burisma Holdings.
The U.S. Constitution provides for the impeachment of the president and “all civil Officers of the United States” in the event they commit “for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
Democrats say the substance of the call, which was published later on September 24 by the White House in the form of a composite transcript, demonstrates that Trump was asking a foreign leader to interfere in the 2020 election given that Joe Biden is a “political opponent.”
They also believe that Trump associates, such as his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, placed “pressure” on Ukrainian officials outside of U.S. State Department protocols and carried on a “shadow policy.”
Republicans say that the “impeachment” process is flawed, that they have not been allowed to call witnesses or ask questions during the closed-door hearings over the last month chaired by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, and that Trump did nothing wrong during the call with Zelenskiy.
The vote to continue the “impeachment inquiry” is expected to pass given that the House has a Democrat majority. Articles of Impeachment have not yet been drawn up, Pelosi has said.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.