40 Conservative Organizations File Ethics Complaint Against Pelosi Over Impeachment Inquiry

by Jordyn Pair · Oct 31st, 2019 10:54 am

Last Updated Nov 14th, 2019 at 10:09 am

A group of 40 conservative organizations have filed an ethics complaint against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), saying she has “usurped” the authority of the president and “weaponized” impeachment proceedings.

“In launching her ‘official’ impeachment inquiry without benefit of a vote of the full House of Representatives and without indicating anything remotely qualifying as ‘treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors’ that is the subject of the inquiry, Speaker Pelosi has weaponized impeachment,” reads the complaint, led by Tea Party Patriots Action’s Jenny Beth Martin.

The complaint says that Thursday’s formal vote to recognize the impeachment inquiry is “inadequate at this stage,” adding that Pelosi moving forward with the inquiry without a formal vote breaks historical precedent.

“If she now understands that before going any further, the full House of Representatives must make its impeachment inquiry legitimate by the casting of votes, she is tacitly admitting that what came before is illegitimate,” the complaint says. “Consequently, all ‘evidence’ gleaned during this portion of the ‘investigation’ must be discarded for the sake of fairness.”

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