Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Mrs. Pelosi has no precedent for what she has done, and by eliminating a House vote, she has denied the House minority the opportunity to be heard before Congress begins exercising its most formidable constitutional power short of declaring war: the process of removing an elected president."
"When one party silences the other by gaveling down debate, denying subpoena power, and refusing to hold votes, they are hiding from accountability to their electorate."
"An official impeachment proceeding comes with powers that allow Congress to compel documents a president might otherwise withhold from normal oversight. If all it now takes for a committee to exercise these daunting powers is a speaker’s say-so, we are in new territory."
"The decision to proceed with impeachment by fiat, Mrs. Pelosi has set many disturbing precedents—none more terrible than the idea that all you need is a willing speaker and you can put a congressional committee in permanent impeachment mode, using its powers to try to overturn an election." (Emphasis added)