Is this officially the end of the Ukraine-impeachment witchhunt?
Notice I said the “Ukraine-impeachment” because I would never say the end of “impeachment”.
They’ve been trying to impeach Donald Trump since BEFORE he actually took office, and there’s no evidence to suggest that will stop.
It will just migrate to a new topic.
But it does look like the whole Ukraine story may have fizzled out into a great big huge dud!
Here was the announcement from Nancy from earlier today:
Our President said this:
Nancy Pelosi refuses to follow precedent in calling for a formal vote on impeachment in the House. This is illegitimate, purely partisan & a sham. Democrats are DESTROYING due process!
Here's how Politico reported it:
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic leaders will hold off on a full House vote authorizing an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, according to multiple lawmakers and aides.
Democratic leadership sources caution, however, that the decision could be "reassessed at some point."
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The move came amid opposition from key chairmen and members of leadership, as well as a number of centrist Democrats facing tough reelection bids.
Trump, White House officials and Republicans on Capitol Hill have seized on the absence of such a vote as an unacceptable break with House precedent and have vowed to resist what they describe as an illegitimate probe.
But Democrats defended their current impeachment process, which has multiple House committees interviewing witnesses in private and gathering evidence related to allegations that Trump and his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, pressured Ukrainian officials to begin an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son — potentially at the risk of losing U.S. military aid.
"There's no requirement that we have a vote, and at this time, we will not have a vote," Pelosi told reporters Tuesday evening.
"We're not here to call bluffs. We're here to find the truth, to uphold the Constitution of the United States," Pelosi added. "This is not a game for us, this is deadly serious."
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told reporters, “The processes that are being pursued are consistent with the Constitution and the law, and by the way, Republican rules.”
Yet Pelosi and other top Democrats couldn't come to an agreement among themselves during internal discussions on Tuesday over whether to move forward with the vote, which would mark an escalation of their impeachment battle with Trump. Vulnerable House Democrats from swing districts were also largely opposed, with some lawmakers fearing that the American public would confuse a vote authorizing an impeachment inquiry as actually impeaching Trump.
Inside the leadership, Hoyer and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.). were opposed to the vote, as were Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), two key players in the impeachment drama, said several Democratic aides.
Pelosi privately told other Democrats she was "agnostic" on the issue, said a Democratic aide.
During Tuesday's meeting, Pelosi told her colleagues that she "only has license this caucus gives me," meaning she wouldn't pressure her rank-and-file to hold the vote.
After being sold out for 3 months, they're finally back in stock!
Only while they last.