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Halloween vote: Formal inquiry on impeachment

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House Democrats and Republicans queued up mainly on party lines on Thursday, with just two Democrats voting against moving ahead on a formal impeachment inquiry on President Trump.

The final vote was 232-196, with House Republicans sticking together to oppose it.

A more secretive committee process led by Rep. Adam Schiff of the House Intelligence Committee has been the subject of partisan political drama for a month.

The next stage involves a formal inquiry, that includes new rules, into a phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which Democrats say prove the president used foreign aid “quid pro quo” to prompt Ukraine into investigating the shady dealings of Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.

Whether or not Trump did so directly, or suggested such an investigation was important to him politically, is problematic for the Democrats, since Ukraine received the aid that had as it had been appropriated, and since all presidents use leverage when it comes to foreign aid.

The inquiry, once started, can expand to encompass just about anything, and will become a part of the presidential race in 2020. Schiff will now have much more power over the White House, including the president and his top aides.

After the inquiry, another vote is taken, and the charges — or articles of impeachment — are sent to the Senate. The Senate would need to vote, by a two-thirds majority, to remove the president.

Congressman Don Young of Alaska issued a statement after the vote:

“This is a sad day for this great institution. Today’s vote to formally pursue an impeachment inquiry is just the latest political stunt by House Democrats. This is not a question of whether there are sufficient grounds for impeachment, it is simply a sham vote to allow House Democrats to continue to trample on the longstanding impeachment process in the House. Everyone in this country deserves due process, but this vote is unfair and a total charade.

“Our Founders included an impeachment mechanism in our Constitution for a reason, and very frankly, House Democrats are trampling not only on their constitutional duties, but on the longstanding precedent in the House. Until the House approves a formal resolution authorizing an impeachment inquiry, the Democrats’ illegitimate effort will continue. 

“In 1998, when the House was pursuing impeachment against President Clinton, we made it a point to ensure that the process went through proper channels, specifically the House Judiciary Committee. Democrats may not have agreed that President Clinton should have been impeached, but what matters is that they were included in the process. The process was held out in the open, it was fair, and the public could see it. Twenty-one years later, House Democrats have chosen to pursue impeachment against President Trump, but this time through a totally one-sided process with total disregard for precedent.

“I continue to believe that Democrats are pursuing impeachment only out of their hatred for President Trump, and not out of concern for our country. If Democrats insist on continuing this pursuit, it must be brought out into the open, give Republicans equal access and input, and provide the due process that President Trump is entitled to under the Constitution.”

Read the House resolution here:

[Read: Murkowski clarifies stance on impeachment]

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • What’s going on is as plain as the nose on your face. It’s the sore losers club trying to change the outcome of the election plain and simple. And they don’t care if they tear Congress or this country apart doing it. If that’s what they want fine, pick up a gun and defend yourself because that’s the road we’re going down if they don’t stop this nonsense. Oh wait, Democrats don’t own guns. My bad.

  • Don Young is a mollusk. “Americans deserve to know the full truth about this issue in a fair and complete manner,” he said of the need for a congressional inquiry into whether the president had lied under oath.” That’s what he said when Clinton was in the barrel. At present we have a president that lies to the american people EVERY DAY.

    • You can’t handle the truth. You’d lie awake at night, quaking at what goes on and has gone on for centuries. Best to leave this with folks who wear their big boy pants.

  • Thank you for trying to normalize all the illegal bull— our current president does. Like the conservatives during the eras of slavery, the civil rights movement, and women’s suffrage, you will be on the wrong side of history. Again. Cheers.

    • Slavery and the KKK was the Demoncrat Party’s deal. But nice try at trying to rewrite history.

  • This is the way of the world now. If one thing doesn’t stick, try another. That doesn’t work? Try another, and another, and another. They are reaching back on people’s lives in High School for christ’s sake. The Dems have gone stark raving mad. They are like 3-year-olds at the check out line with their mothers….mom says no to candy and what do they do? Throw a temper tantrum until they usually get their way. Does anyone know what the socialist Dems actually stand for? Who they want to lead? NO, because they have no platform other than to work on destroying our President and the institutions that have made this country great. Makes me sick.
    Thank you Congressman Young for saying it like it is. Don’t mince words and that is one of the things we love about you. And Allyse Galvin? Good Lord help us…can you imagine if SHE was in the House?

  • Goblins, witches and ghouls festivity event?

  • “Whether or not Trump did so directly, or suggested such an investigation was important to him politically, is problematic for the Democrats, since Ukraine received the aid that had as it had been appropriated, and since all presidents use leverage when it comes to foreign aid.”

    Yes, but Trump was hoping to use the investigation, and the newly minted Ukrainian government, to pursue an investigation into political dirt that could be used by Trump to leverage the upcoming election. He was clearly seeking foreign intervention for his reelection, not for the national interest.

    There is, I hope, a world of difference between leveraging foreign aid to advance US national interests and digging up whatever you can from foreign governments beholding to you to advance your personal, political interests.

    Don Young cloaks this travesty of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” or, perhaps “treason,” by raging about procedure. Is procedure the most important thing when it comes to protecting the sanctity of our country from enemies, foreign and domestic? Perhaps he should reacquaint himself with the Constitution, which sets no specific process for how impeachment is supposed to proceed. I’m ashamed, and embarrassed, to call him my congressman.

    • True but there is a president and that is what we follow. Otherwise, its a new show every time some lame ass politician gets their panties in a wad. Young knows more about the constitution than you know about your Johnson.

      • Well, first of all, my Johnson is offended (not the first time), and second of all, I love that you confuse president with precedent. At least, I hope that is what you are doing. Otherwise, if you mean we must always follow the PRESIDENT, then I fear for our democracy. If you mean we must follow PRECEDENT, then, based upon the outrageous arrogance of our current POTUS, I have hope for our democracy.
        I also appreciate the “lame ass politician” getting “their panties in a wad.” Who knew they had multiple panties? Or was it multiple politicians?
        Looks like Don has his wadded up yet again.
        As far as knowing the Constitution, well, they don’t make you pass a test on the Constitution before you can run for office. Or before you can vote.
        But they do for immigrants wanting to become citizens.
        Perhaps that’s not a bad idea for all of us.

  • It’s fitting that these Demoncrats would vote for their sham impeachment proceedings on the Highest Holy Day on the Satanic calendar. Witches and Demons these traitors.

  • Session adjourned. Democrats need time to figure out their next idiotic move. The self-destruction button is on Pelosi’s lecturn. Keep hammering that button, Nancy. Show us how dumb you Democrats really are.

    • If you think Pelosi is dumb, be afraid.

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