Spokesperson Nancy Pelosi Nancy PelosiPelosi says Trump's sanction package against Turkey "falls very short" Graham raises support behind Trump's sanctions on Turkey -Calif. Said on Tuesday she will not hold a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives to formally initiate an impeachment investigation against President Trump. ,
The decision was made after the Democratic leaders returned to Washington after a two-week break and turned to members of their diverse caucus to assess the party's support for such a vote.
After successive meetings with the party leaders and then the assembly, Pelosi, announced that no such vote would take place. Democratic aides, however, emphasized that the process continues to run smoothly and that Pelosi may in the future change course and make such a vote.
"There is no requirement that we have to vote, and we will not have a vote at this stage either," Pelosi told reporters during a last minute press conference at the Capitol.
The decision comes when Trump and his Republican allies step up pressure on Pelosi to hold an official vote to begin the investigation – a move they believe will give the GOP more power and influence over this process including the ability to call and summon their own witnesses.
"The minority was expelled from the process," MEP Resolution said, calling for a decision by Trump against Syria MORE (R-Texas), the highest-ranking member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, told reporters Tuesday. "It's being done in a … secret meeting room behind closed doors, if it's to be in front of the American people, so that everyone can see in a very transparent manner the testimony of these witnesses."
How the Republicans got mixed up to defend Trump against allegations of pressure on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the former Vice President Print campaign: Report New York prosecutors examine Giuliani's dealings with Ukraine: report MORE and his son Hunter Biden, the lack of a vote to launch the process has been highlighted as a key issue last week.
The White House lawyer, Pat Cipollone, sent Pelosi a letter warning that administrative officials would not cooperate with requests for documents or testimony because they considered this to be false. The investigation is inadmissible. He referred to the refusal of the Democrats to vote for the initiation of the process – a move that preceded the impeachment proceedings against former Presidents Nixon and Clinton.
For months Pelosi had resisted even mentioning the impeachment and feared that the matter could cause potential political damage to the Democrats facing tough elections next year. This changed last month following allegations by a government whistleblower that Trump had used US military aid for Ukraine in return for the political favors of its leaders.
In response, many Democrats endorsed the impeachment in some form. And Pelosi announced shortly after the start of an official investigation. The number of Democrats who are in any way in favor of impeachment is 228.
Trump has repeatedly stated that he did not do anything wrong when calling Zelensky on July 25th and dismissed the democratic investigation as a "witch hunt". He and the Republicans have accused the Democrats of trying to overthrow a president who they can not defeat in the elections to do so. Many warned that it would give the impression that the Republicans were dictating the terms of the trial.
"I do not consider it necessary," said Rep. Tom Malinowski Thomas (Tom) Malinowski Dems see an ambassador despised while GOP defends Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg to testify on Libra | Extremists find their home in the telegram app | Warren beats up Facebook because he has anti-Biden advertising | not removed California forbids face detection in police cameras | China Raises US Tech Sanctions Democrats of the House of Representatives Introduce New Laws to Counter Foreign Alien Impairment MORE (D-N.J.). "I think all these process arguments are distractions put forward by people who do not want to deal with the substance, because the substance is so incredibly harmful." In part because of the lack of a formal vote, but this decision did not prevent the Democrats from speaking to witnesses.
House democrats have held a series of public hearings with government officials involved in Ukraine in recent weeks, including former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch on Friday, former Trump Russia adviser Fiona Hill on Monday and Deputy Deputy Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs George Kent on Tuesday field will conduct his first debate since the start of the impeachment investigation.