October 31, 2019
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today released a video of his reaction to House Democrats passing a partisan resolution opening a formal impeachment inquiry.
Today, House Democrats passed a partisan resolution opening a formal inquiry after weeks of secret hearings and meetings.
It didn’t get a single Republican vote.
Pelosi’s resolution doesn’t follow the historical precedent of the Clinton and Nixon impeachment process in three important ways that show how partisan this effort is:
First, this resolution doesn’t allow President Trump’s lawyers to participate in hearings and see evidence. Clinton and Nixon were both given this right, but House Democrats are not allowing President Trump’s lawyers to do this.
Second, this resolution doesn’t give House Republican subpoena power, which the minority was allowed to do in the Nixon and Clinton impeachments. Instead, House Republicans must get Democrats’ permission to subpoena a witness.
Third, this resolution was not crafted on a bipartisan basis. There was no input from Republicans in this document. In the Clinton and Nixon impeachments, the minority was involved in the entire process, but that is not the case today.
What their resolution says is this: Trump doesn’t get due process now, he might get some later…but only if the Democrats feel like it.
This is unacceptable. The Democrats made up their mind to impeach Trump three years ago before he even took office.
They want to remove President Trump from office no matter the facts.
They want to play political games.
We aren’t going to let that happen. We stand with President Trump.