Nancy Pelosi Receives Unprecedented Ethics Complaint for 'Weaponizing' Impeachment
40 conservative groups file huge complaint over proceedings being used against Trump
A coalition of forty conservative groups has filed an unprecedented ethics complaint against Nancy Pelosi, accusing the Democratic House speaker of "weaponizing" impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.
The complaint alleges that Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) has “hypocritically usurped” the authority of the president and used the proceedings to advance the Democrats' anti-Trump agenda.
“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,” the complaint reads.
The Ethics complaint is led by Tea Party Patriots Action's Jenny Beth Martin and has also been signed by 40 different groups.
The complaint adds that Thursday's vote on a resolution to codify the impeachment inquiry is “inadequate at this stage."
It also states that Pelosi’s “one-person decision” is in violation of historical precedent.
In previous cases, the House has launched an official impeachment inquiry into a president by holding a vote of all the members, according to Fox News.
“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 states.
“Consequently, all 'evidence' gleaned during this portion of the 'investigation' must be discarded for the sake of fairness.”
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The letter alleged there was no outcry from Pelosi when former Vice President Joe Biden “bragged that he had leveraged more than a billion dollars in U.S. assistance to Ukraine to achieve [a] desired policy end, threatening Ukrainian government officials that he would deny them U.S. assistance if they did not remove the prosecutor general within six hours.”
The letter also emphasized the authority of the executive branch over foreign and national security policy.
“Congress’ ability to influence the conduct of U.S. foreign and national security policy is wholly dependent on its power of persuasion,” reads the complaint.
In addition, the complaint calls on the Office of Congressional Ethics to launch an inquiry into Speaker Pelosi’s “misconduct.”
Republicans and some moderate Democrats have expressed concern over impeachment proceedings.