On Thursday morning, Democrats took to the House floor to formalize their impeachment witch hunt against President Donald J. Trump, with their resolution to lay the groundwork for an allegedly “transparent” process. The resolution passed on a vote of 232 to 196.
Nancy Pelosi made a floor speech, saying “what it’s about is the truth” as she stood by the flag to introduce the impeachment vote. Pelosi dropped the names of Benjamin Franklin and other founding fathers to try and bolster her case for impeachment against President Trump
Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) took to the House floor, with a staffer attending to a printed sign emblazoned with the words “37 Days of Soviet-Style Impeachment Proceedings” as he roasted Pelosi’s sham impeachment inquiry, saying the Democrats’ resolution gives “no rights for the minority unless the Chair so designates,” and that the inquiry is being run by “Soviet-style rules.”
House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) took to the floor shortly afterward, exclaiming, “I support his revolution because it lays the groundwork for open hearings… because we have no choice,” despite weeks of secrecy.
Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy spoke on the House floor, saying “Tomorrow is November 2st, we are one year away from an election, not just for his House but for the highest office of the presidency. Why do you not trust the people? ”
“Do you have the right to have a voice or only the words you agree with? You may get elected in a primary, but in a general election, you are elected to represent the people of America, and you are their voice,” he said. McCarthy also noted that the 116th Congress will be known for issuing for subpoenas than laws.
In closing, McCarthy said, “I guess it’s only fitting that you take this vote on Halloween.”
At 11:06 a.m., With less than five minutes left in voting, the first procedural vote looks quite partisan, with only one Democrat voting against the measure, 140+ voting for, and 113+ voting against it. 94 Democrats are yet to vote, and 87 Republicans are yet to vote.
With less than one minute left in voting, the first procedural vote looks quite partisan, with only one Democrat voting against the measure, 159+ voting for, and 131+ voting against it. 71 Democrats are yet to vote, and 67 Republicans are yet to vote. Former Republican, now Independent Rep. Justin Amash (I-MI) voted for it.
11:27 A.M. FINAL VOTE ON RESOLUTION:
The House of Representatives has passed the resolution, formally moving forward with the investigation, Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ), and Collin Peterson (D-MN) the only Democrats voting against the resolution. The final vote is 232 for and 196 against, as announced by Speaker Pelosi.