On Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi informed her fellow Democrats that the House will vote this week to decide if the evidence in the impeachment inquiry is going to become public.
The vote, which Pelosi says will establish the procedures, transfer evidence and authorize the disclosure of depositions, comes after weeks of Republicans and Trump saying that the inquiry is illegal because of the lack of voting to start the investigation.
"Rep. Jordan: House impeachment vote won't change anything"https://t.co/dv3xq58r1G
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) October 29, 2019
Stephanie Grisham, the White House spokeswoman made it clear she agrees in a statement given after Pelosi’s announcement:
“But Speaker Pelosi is finally admitting what the rest of America already knew — that Democrats were conducting an unauthorized impeachment proceeding, refusing to give the president due process, and their secret, shady, closed-door depositions are completely and irreversibly illegitimate.”
So far, all the testimony for the impeachment inquiry has been held behind closed doors.
The House doesn’t have the final say on impeachment. Even if they do vote to impeach Trump, the Senate would still have to hold a trial. It would require two-thirds of the Senate to vote in agreement to impeach the president, which is unlikely considering that the GOP is leading the Senate.
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