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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) declared Thursday evening that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is running “a sham process” by refusing to hold a vote authorizing an impeachment inquiry, and violating other precedents and rules.
Earlier Thursday, McCarthy wrote to Pelosi asking her to hold a vote on an impeachment inquiry, as had been done in previous impeachments.
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Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry last week but has refused to hold a vote authorizing one, presumably because it would force vulnerable members of her caucus to take a politically difficult stand in public. Instead, she has allowed the House Intelligence Committee to lead the investigation in a partisan manner.
In his letter, McCarthy also asked Pelosi to adhere to fair practices that Republicans had observed in the past, including allowing the minority to subpoena witnesses and allowing the president’s counsel to represent him.
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Pelosi responded later Thursday with a flat refusal to comply with his requests, claiming that there was “no requirement under the Constitution, under House Rules, or House precedent that the whole House vote before preceding with an impeachment inquiry.”
In a reply to Pelosi, McCarthy noted that she was violating the process followed in the impeachment investigations of previous presidents despite her promise on Wednesday to be “fair to the president.”
During the impeachment inquiries of Presidents Nixon and Clinton, the House of Representatives—led respectively by Speakers Carl Albert and Newt Gingrich—established the following procedures that are currently not being...
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