Impeachment Goes Public

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Today, the House is having a public vote on the rules for the impeachment process. All of the House Representatives will be on the record. And Nancy Pelosi is firmly in control of how the process will proceed.

From NBC News:

With the impeachment script fully flipping this week, it’s Pelosi who wants Americans to watch every turn of the trial of President Donald Trump, and Republicans who have abruptly stopped calling for more transparency.

“They want transparency like a hole in the head, for crying out loud,” said Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J. “Transparency is not going to help them.”

Up to this point, the Republicans have been attacking the Democrats on the process of the closed impeachment hearings, because they sure can’t defend the president’s actions. But now that excuse is gone. One wonders what excuse the Republicans will drum up next. All I know is there will be some excuse.

So what can we expect next during the impeachment process? Here’s what Pelosi had to say about it to The Atlantic:

Without detailing specific plans, Pelosi left the clear impression that the impeachment process will conclude sooner rather than later, and its focus will be more narrow than broad. She refused to answer when asked directly whether any eventual articles of impeachment will cover issues beyond Trump’s interactions with Ukraine and the administration’s defiance of subpoenas from the committees investigating them. Some House Democrats have advocated for articles that address everything from family separations to emoluments. “No one should infer from what we’re doing that there is an imprimatur to do emoluments if it’s not” listed among Democrats’ justifications for impeaching Trump, Pelosi said.

So, here we go. I’ll sign off today with a reminder that if it’s been a while since you last called your Representative to tell them how you want them to vote on each of these steps during impeachment, now’s the time.

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