Pelosi Outsmarts Republicans Again To Win Historic Vote 234-195


It’s not difficult to imagine the horror that the founders of this country would feel watching the presidency of Donald Trump undermine every institution this country has ever stood for. Running for president while aware that a foreign government was illegally stealing documents from his political opponents, directing his staff to commit obstruction of justice to protect himself, and profiting off the presidency are all acts that would have seen any president impeached, but Republicans have squirmed, gaslighted, and shirked their constitutional oaths to protect the president.

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed a resolution making it clear that the majority stands together to do their jobs and hold Trump accountable for these unprecedented actions. In a 234-195 vote, with Democrats firmly vowing to do their jobs of conducting oversight of the federal branch of the government and Republicans absolutely refusing to do so, a resolution to ratify and affirm all current and upcoming subpoenas into the president was passed.

According to POLITICO:

‘The proposal, filed Tuesday afternoon by Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), would formally declare that any committee subpoenas related to President Donald Trump, his family, current and former White House officials and the Trump Organization are presumed to have the blessing of the full House of Representatives. The Rules Committee is expected to advance the measure Tuesday night, and the House is expected to pass it on Wednesday.’

The move came after a federal appeals court judge, Naomi Rao, asked several times why the full House had not voted to authorize the investigation into Trump’s financial records. With a firm and unified voice, the majority of the House of Representatives let her know that they’re on board.

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), who wrote the proposal for the resolution, said:

‘Whereas the validity of some of these investigations has been incorrectly challenged in Federal court on the ground that the investigations and subpoenas were not authorized by the full House … Resolved, That the House of Representatives ratifies and affirms all current and future investigations, as well as all subpoenas previously issued or to be issued in the future.’

As the testimony of Special Counsel Robert Mueller reignited the outrage over Trump’s repeated attempts to obstruct justice, and the word “impeachment” is once again on the table. Ahead of any inquiry into a bill to impeach, the resolution passed on Wednesday that would prevent federal judges from denying subpoenas using the argument that the House does not have a majority of members behind their subpoenas.

‘A slew of Democrats have argued that the House should open an impeachment inquiry to consolidate its wide-ranging investigations under one umbrella that would have the backing of the full House. They’ve argued that this would be the most persuasive indication to a judge that the House should have access to Trump’s personal information as well as witnesses who might shed light on the president’s conduct.’

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