WASHINGTON D.C.- Looks like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has more to deal with than just online criticism of her actions at the State of the Union this week.
By conduct, Gaetz specifically meant Pelosi tearing up a copy of the president’s speech on national television.
Matt Gaetz to file ethics charges against Pelosi, force a vote in House | Fox News https://t.co/e3KPcrdhLU
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) February 6, 2020
While speaking with Laura Ingraham on the show, Gaetz explained his plans to have Pelosi face the consequences of her behavior following the president’s speech:
“Tomorrow, Laura, I will be filing charges against Nancy Pelosi in the House Ethics Committee.
She disgraced the House of Representatives, she embarrassed our country, and she destroyed official records. The law does not allow the Speaker of the House to destroy the records of the House.”
Gaetz explained that the rules of the House do not condone a “temper tantrum”, which he likened the term to Pelosi’s display.
Furthermore, he stated that it was time that the Democrats were getting held to the same standard that they often levy against Republicans.
In his effort, he hopes to eliminate the double-standards of scrutiny that he believes most Republicans are sick of seeing waged against conservatives.
Following that note, Gaetz added:
“We’ve got to apply the same standards to the Democrats that they want to apply to us, and there will be an ethics investigation into Nancy Pelosi.”
Nancy Pelosi is not above the rules of the House just because she is the Speaker of the House.
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) February 6, 2020
The Representative from Florida then detailed what the next formal steps will be in their effort:
“We will start the ball rolling to have her censured. The first act begins tomorrow when Congressman Zeldin and I will join Kay Granger in a censure resolution, and we will force a vote on that resolution.”
Of course, if matters were up to us here at Law Enforcement Today, we’d prefer to see more than just an ethics violation placed against Pelosi.
The irony of Nancy Pelosi’s move to impeach Trump for “Obstruction of Congress” is arguably that it’s exactly what she did herself.
In the impeachment debacle of President Trump, the first “political” impeachment in history, Democrats in the House cited two “violations:”
Article I was “Abuse of Power.”
Article II was “Obstruction of Congress.”
Neither one of these articles rise to the level of “high crimes and misdemeanors” and therefore are not impeachable offenses, but I digress.
Let us address the second article, “obstruction of Congress.” While the president has a constitutional basis for the conduct that House Democrats are calling “obstruction,” the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, has no such basis.
Let’s look at some of the rhetoric that was emanating from the hot air chamber of the Democrat caucus. For weeks, Democrats such as Adam Schiff, Jerry Nadler, and Pelosi herself insisted that President Trump was a threat to our “national security,” that “elections themselves are threatened by enemies foreign or domestic,” and that, “if we do not act now, we would be derelict in our duty.”
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Indeed, the most serious legal action that a legislative body in the United States can take against the duly elected president was undertaken in weeks. By contrast, the impeachment inquiry against Bill Clinton took over two months from the time it started until Clinton was impeached by the House.
Yet, when it came time for Pelosi to deliver the articles of impeachment to the deciding body, the US Senate, she said she was neither prepared nor had they decided who the House “managers” in the Senate would be at the time.
The funny part is, both Pelosi and Chuckie Schumer, Senate Minority Leader complained that the trial in the Senate will not be ‘fair.”
They had no such reservations when Schiff ran roughshod over Republicans in the inquisition before the House Intelligence Committee. Schiff decided who would be allowed to testify, had autocratic authority over questions asked, and even actively advised witnesses as to their testimony when questioned by Republicans. Apparently for Democrats, “fair” is a one-way street.
When Democrats speak of fairness, they seem to be talking about fairness to them, in this case the “prosecution.” They had so much faith in their case being “rock solid” that they wanted to be able to call additional witnesses in the trial before the Senate.
So, President Trump, who is, according to the House a “clear and present danger” and a “threat to national security” isn’t as much of a threat as Democrats were making him out to be.
Pelosi then later said that she would not send over the articles of impeachment to the Senate until after she and the rest of the House Democrats enjoyed their Christmas recess. Clearly, President Trump didn’t go “rogue” during that two-week period of time. Once again, such a huge “threat to national security” – except that even they didn’t buy their own bologna.
Article 1, Section 3 of the Constitution clearly states:
“The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments.”
Nowhere does it say that the House gets to demand how the process works and who can testify. That is the sole responsibility of the Senate under the Constitution.
The Constitution also allows the Senate to hold a trial as soon as an impeachment takes place in the House. This is not subject to the interpretation of left-wing college professors or liberal talking heads on cable news.
Pelosi herself is arguably obstructed the Senate when she refused to transmit the impeachment articles to that body for weeks.
This means one of two things. Either Pelosi knew that the impeachment is doomed to defeat in the Senate (obvious since Republicans have the majority and it is extremely unlikely that a sufficient number can be turned in order to reach a 2/3 threshold), or she never intended to transmit the articles in the first place.
Democrats in one form or another have been seeking to impeach President Trump since he was inaugurated, if not before. Pelosi herself admitted that they have been working on impeachment for 2-1/2 years.
Maxine Waters (D-CA) has made her slogan “Impeach 45.” Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), at a rally after she was sworn into Congress said:
“We’re gonna impeach the motherf*cker!”
Congressman Al Green said:
“The only thing that can prevent President Trump from re-election in 2020 is to impeach him.”
Why would Pelosi not send the articles to the Senate? She may feel she doesn’t have to.
Since this impeachment has all the makings of a political impeachment, which the founders warned against, instead of a legal impeachment, Pelosi may feel that just the fact that Trump was impeached will make for good sound bites for Democrats in next year’s election.
In the case of the president, who can cite text and precedent in resisting congressional subpoenas, Pelosi’s obstruction is unlawful and unprecedented. One could easily claim that Pelosi herself is guilty of obstruction of Congress, by interfering with the Senate’s duty to adjudicate the articles the House passed.
Based on precedent set by the House, apparently the intent or possibility of committing an action is sufficient to hold an elected official in contempt. Nadler himself alluded to this during the House impeachment debate, stating,
“The threat is urgent. If we do not act—now—what happens next will be our responsibility as well as his.”
If this is the new standard Pelosi and the Democrats have set, then she too should be held accountable for trying to undermine the Constitution or her intention to do so.
In some ways, it would have been nice to see Mitch McConnell and the Republicans actually hold a trial in the Senate, and subpoena the so-called “whistleblower,” Adam Schiff, the Bidens, James Comey, Andrew McCabe, John Brennan, and the rest of the deep-state cabal that conspired to overturn an election that was an electoral landslide for President Trump.
However, the verdict is in and President Trump was acquitted. Yet, we can still dream that someone would muster the courage to charge Pelosi with Contempt of Congress for stonewalling the ability of the Senate to try the case.
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