As the House of Representatives prepared to vote on the impeachment inquiry resolution Thursday, a coalition of 40 conservative groups released an ethics complaint aimed squarely at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). In the complaint, the groups – led by Tea Party Patriots Action president Jenny Beth Martin – said that Pelosi is embarked on a mission to find impeachable offenses where none exist.
“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.
The groups insist that taking a full House vote at this late date is “inadequate at this stage,” and does nothing to erase the last month of secretive hearings and selective leaks to the media. They accuse Pelosi of making a “one-person decision” to go after President Trump with the constitutional authority of the House.
“If she now understands that before going any further, the full House of Representatives must make its impeachment inquiry legitimate by the casting of votes, she is tacitly admitting that what came before is illegitimate,” the complaint states. “Consequently, all ‘evidence’ gleaned during this portion of the ‘investigation’ must be discarded for the sake of fairness.”
The complaint marvels at the fact that there was no comment from Pelosi when former Vice President Joe Biden “bragged that he had leveraged more than a billion dollars in U.S. assistance to Ukraine to achieve a desired policy end, threatening Ukrainian government officials that he would deny them U.S. assistance if they did not remove the prosecutor general within six hours.”
In the letter, Martin and her coalition of conservative allies asked the Office of Congressional Ethics to take a close look at the unconstitutional usurpation of power by Pelosi’s Democrats.
“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 says.
Pelosi is riding her highest horse these days, insisting to anyone who will listen that she is America’s sheriff, protecting the country from a president who believes he is “above the law.” But while her public statements convey confidence, we don’t believe for a second that she is actually optimistic about how all of this will turn out. As far as we can see, she hasn’t managed to peel a single House Republican off their opposition to the inquiry. And by allowing Rep. Adam Schiff to conduct a clandestine, illegitimate investigation, she has destroyed any chance that it might ever happen.
Voters are going to (eventually) see through this coup. When that happens, Democrats are going to have a tough hill to climb in 2020.