Kelly: Pelosi Impeachment Resolution a Mirage of Fairness, Transparency, and Due Process

Oct 31, 2019

Washington, D.C. - On Thursday, the House of Representatives considered a resolution to authorize its impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. The measure passed the chamber on a mostly party-line vote, with two Democrats joining Republicans in opposition. Representative Mike Kelly, R-Pa., issued the following statement after voting against the resolution:

"After more than a month of Adam Schiff’s secret hearings and selective leaking, the Do-Nothing-Democrats caved to pressure and tried to legitimize the unfair, hyper-partisan inquiry that is already underway. This resolution is a mirage – an attempt to create the perception of fairness, transparency, and due process. In truth, this sham inquiry contains none of those cherished American values."

Background

The Speaker's resolution merely continues the unfair process that is already underway. It authorizes the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Committee on the Judiciary to "continue their ongoing investigations" and establishes the following powers for Democrats:

  • Chairmen Schiff and Nadler may deny ranking Republican members the ability to solicit additional witness testimony.
  • They must concur before the ranking Republican members may issue subpoenas.
  • If they deny a ranking member request, the Democrat majority on both committees can affirm the decision with a vote.
  • Intelligence Committee Chairman Schiff is provided sole authority "to make publicly available in electronic form the transcripts of depositions conducted by [HPSCI]."

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