Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi spoke on Tuesday evening on the issue of the ongoing impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, particularly whether the House would take up a full vote on the matter.
Pelosi said she would not push for a full vote at this moment in the inquiry, but that she reserved the right to do so later, CNN reported.
“There’s no requirement that we have a vote, so at this time we will not be having a vote, and I’m very pleased with the thoughtfulness of our caucus with the path that we are on,” she said.
Republican lawmakers and White House officials have been highly critical of the inquiry so far, and some have said, without a full House vote, the impeachment proceedings are illegitimate, according to a report from CNBC.
Pelosi rejected those arguments, however, staying true to her belief that a full House vote wasn’t necessary.
“This is not a game for us. This is deadly serious, and we’re on a path that is getting us to a path to truth and timetable that respects our Constitution,” Pelosi added. Rep. Steny Hoyer, the House Majority Leader, also told reporters that a full House vote isn’t needed.
NEW impeachment poll: A Gallup poll released this morning finds 52% of Americans favor impeaching Donald Trump and removing him from office, while 46% say that shouldn’t happen.
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A full House vote could come with political consequences. For instance, not every Democrat has voiced support for an impeachment inquiry at this time, and a vote in the House would highlight that fact — indeed, demonstrate that there is bipartisan opposition to the idea.
Still, a majority of lawmakers do back the idea of at least having an inquiry into the president’s actions. As of six days ago, according to the New York Times, 227 Democrats and one independent lawmaker supported the impeachment inquiry, while 183 Republicans and eight Democrats said they either don’t support it, or don’t support the inquiry at this moment. Fourteen lawmakers haven’t voiced their opinions either way.
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