GOP Rep. Devin Nunes ripped the Democrats’ vote to formally authorize an impeachment inquiry against President Trump Thursday; saying lawmakers have “no evidence,” just the “unlimited cooperation” from the mainstream media.
“First they insisted that the President is a Russian agent. Then they claimed he’s a money launderer and a tax cheat and a fraudulent businessman. Now they’ve decided they don’t like the way he talks to foreign leaders,” said Nunes on the House floor.
“They have no evidence; they have no argument to support impeachment. All they have is the unconditional cooperation of the media to advance their narrative,” he added.
Rep. @DevinNunes: "First they insisted that the President is a Russian agent. Then they claimed he's a money launderer and a tax cheat and a fraudulent businessman. Now they've decided they don't like the way he talks to foreign leaders." pic.twitter.com/tM0mg6RC1Y
— The Hill (@thehill) October 31, 2019
Democratic members of the House of Representatives approved new legislation Thursday that formalizes their impeachment inquiry against President Trump; passing the resolution along party lines.
The final vote was 232-196. Two Democrats voted against the investigation.
“A yes vote on this resolution today gives a stamp of approval to a process that has been damaged beyond all repair and a blatant and obvious coup to unseat a sitting president of the United States,” Rep. Ross Spano, R-Fla., said.
“I do not take any pleasure in the need for this resolution,” Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., said. “We are here because the facts compel us to be here.”
“The Greatest Witch Hunt In American History!” posted Trump shortly after the vote.
The Greatest Witch Hunt In American History!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2019
“With today’s vote, Speaker Pelosi and the Democrats have done nothing more than enshrine unacceptable violations of due process into House rules,” said White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
DEVELOPING: All Republicans on House Intel Committee Warn Schiff Over ‘Irregular Impeachment’ Probe
All nine Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee sent an official letter to Chair Adam Schiff Friday; slamming his “highly irregular” impeachment investigation.
“The highly irregular manner in which you are conducting your so-called ‘Impeachment Inquiry’ gravely concerns us, as does the fact that you have decreed this matter to be under HPSCI’s jurisdiction despite it lacking any clear intelligence component,” states the letter.
HPSCI refers to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
“Further, given that you have recently acknowledged that the Committee no longer needs to receive testimony from the whistleblower, your “impeachment inquiry” lacks any relationship with the jurisdiction of this Committee,” adds the statement.
All nine Republicans on House Intel Committee send letter to Chairman Schiff accusing him of 'withholding the existence of…documents from the minority.' List 21 letters. Also slam 'highly irregular manner' of impeachment investigation. pic.twitter.com/F9K3SHNj4q
— Byron York (@ByronYork) October 18, 2019
“We expect you to rectify these concerns and begin planning intelligence-related committee events starting next week,” it concludes.
The letter was signed by Representatives Nunes, Conaway, Turner, Wenstrup, Stewart, Crawford, Stefanik, Hurd, and Ratcliffe.
DEVIN’S DEADLINE: Nunes Warns of ‘HELL TO PAY’ Over Russia Docs
House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes warned DOJ officials Sunday that there will be “hell to pay” should they refuse to handover documents related to the Russian probe by Wednesday morning, reports the New York Post.
Nunes was speaking with Fox News over the weekend when he doubled-down on previous threats to hold DOJ and FBI officials “in contempt” over their efforts to stonewall the House’s investigation into the year-long Russia probe.
“There’s going to be hell to pay by Wednesday morning,” said Rep. Devin Nunes.
“We can hold in contempt. We can pass sense-of-Congress resolutions. We can impeach — I think we’re getting close to there,” he added.
Nunes’ comments come just days after multiple sources reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein threatened Congressional members and their staffers with ‘subpoenas’ over their role in requesting the Russia-related material.
Read the full story at the New York Post.