House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s impeachment witch hunt just suffered a crippling defeat.
This setback took everyone by surprise.
And Nancy Pelosi reacted in horror as the last two people she ever expected betrayed her.
Republicans pummeled Democrats for weeks with attacks that Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff were running an un-American impeachment investigation in secret and denying the President due process.
Pelosi tried to negate this talking point by scheduling a vote on a resolution formalizing the Democrats’ impeachment procedures.
But even this move blew up in Pelosi’s face.
The vote saw all 194 Republicans vote against Pelosi’s resolution.
Rubbing salt in the wound on Pelosi’s defeat was the fact that two Democrats joined the entire House Republican conference in rejecting Pelosi’s sham resolution.
New Jersey freshman Democrat Jeff Van Drew represents a district where a majority of voters backed President Trump in 2016.
Van Drew explained to the Philadelphia Inquirer why he voted against Pelosi’s resolution.
“We will impeach, I’m sure, in the House. That will go to the Senate. It will fail in the Senate as far as actually convicting him, and then we’re going to have a failed impeachment. We are going to have the same president, and we’re going to have the same presidential candidate who will be able to say that he was exonerated, so I don’t know how much we really gained from that.” Van Drew continued, “And at the same time we’re going to be so focused on these issues, we’re not going to have the focus on the issues we all care about so much like health care, like prescription drugs, like infrastructure, like veterans concerns and doing more for the veterans.”
Minnesota’s Collin Peterson was the other Democrat that voted with Republicans against Pelosi and Schiff’s partisan impeachment witch hunt.
Peterson detailed his reasons opposing Pelosi’s sham resolution in a statement posted to his Congressional office’s website.
“This impeachment process continues to be hopelessly partisan. I have been hearing from my constituents on both sides of this matter for months, and the escalation of calls this past week just shows me how divided our country really is right now. I have some serious concerns with the way the closed-door depositions were run, and am skeptical that we will have a process that is open, transparent and fair. Without support from Senate Republicans, going down this path is a mistake. Today’s vote is both unnecessary, and widely misrepresented in the media and by Republicans as a vote on impeachment. I will not make a decision on impeachment until all the facts have been presented.” Peterson’s statement read.
Van Drew and Peterson opposing impeachment was a significant embarrassment for Pelosi.
In 1998, 31 Democrats joined Republicans in voting to open an impeachment inquiry into Bill Clinton’s high crime and misdemeanors.
Pelosi previously stated she would follow this model and only support impeachment if it was bipartisan.
But in this case only the opposition to impeachment was bipartisan.
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