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Republican Lawmakers Say House Resolution on Impeachment Inquiry Legitimizes Unfair Process

Republican Lawmakers have criticized a resolution on the impeachment inquiry after it was passed in the House on Oct. 31, saying that it was a move to legitimize an unfair process.

The House of Representatives voted 232-196 to allow H. Res. 660 to pass on Oct. 31. The resolution establishes rules on how the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump would move forward, such as how public hearings will proceed, how documents and transcripts will be released to the public, and who will be able to question witnesses.

Two Democrats voted against the resolution, one independent voted to support it while three Republicans and one Democrat abstained. This is the first time that House members voted on anything related to the impeachment process.

Following the vote, multiple Republican lawmakers took to Twitter to react to the vote and criticize the process for its partisanship.

“Speaker Pelosi and Chairman Schiff have both insisted that impeachment should be bipartisan. The only bipartisan vote today was AGAINST impeachment,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) wrote.

Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, released a statement following the vote calling the resolution an effort to “feign fairness” while the “transparency is anemic at best.”

“This resolution isnt about the Constitution—its about control. Its not about fairness—its about winning. Its not about finding the facts—its about Democrats shredding procedure in order to stack the deck against a president they hate,” Collins said.

“This vote magnifies Chairman Schiffs ability to abuse his power at the expense of truth and justice. It guarantees the president no due process rights unless Democrats are inclined to grant them,” he added.

BREAKING ⇒ 100% of Republicans just voted AGAINST this sham impeachment. Two Democrats joined us.

Speaker Pelosi and Chairman Schiff have both insisted that impeachment should be bipartisan. The only bipartisan vote today was AGAINST impeachment.

— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) October 31, 2019

Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) called the resolution a mirage providing “a false sense of fairness, transparency & due process.”

“After weeks of Adam Schiffs secret hearings & selective leaks, the Do-Nothing-Dems are trying to legitimize the unfair inquiry already underway. This resolution is a mirage—a false sense of fairness, transparency & due process. This sham contains none of those American values,” Kelly wrote.

After weeks of Adam Schiffs secret hearings & selective leaks, the Do-Nothing-Dems are trying to legitimize the unfair inquiry already underway. This resolution is a mirage – a false sense of fairness, transparency & due process. This sham contains none of those American values.

— Rep. Mike Kelly (@MikeKellyPA) October 31, 2019

Similarly, Sen. Linsey Graham (R-S.C.) wrote that the procedures in the resolution are “grossly different” on what was used in previous impeachment inquiries while calling the vote a “sad and unnecessary day for America.”

“Voting to legitimize an unfair process does not make it fair. When it comes to President @realDonaldTrump the rules seemingly always have to be different,” he said.

Voting to legitimize an unfair process does not make it fair.

When it comes to President @realDonaldTrump the rules seemingly always have to be different.

— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) October 31, 2019

This House vote legitimizes a process that denies the President:

▶ the right to counsel in the Intel Committee;

▶makes the Republican minority subservient to the will of Adam Schiff in the Intel Committee when it comes to interviewing witnesses.

— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) October 31, 2019

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), the ranking member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, shared similar sentiments, calling the impeachment a “disgusting side show to rip our country in half.”

“Nancy Pelosi just got her wish for a bipartisan vote on her impeachment inquiry. The problem is that the bipartisan vote was AGAINST her resolution and this disgusting side show to rip our country in half, which is being fueled solely with blind enraged hate,” he wrote.

Just voted NO on the impeachment inquiry resolution.

Doesnt ensure minority subpoena power or release of transcripts. Doesnt equally allocate staffing between parties. Doesnt allow POTUS counsel to be present to question witnesses & present evidence. Its just a Schiff Show.

— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) October 31, 2019

Nancy Pelosi just got her wish for a bipartisan vote on her impeachment inquiry. The problem is that the bipartisan vote was AGAINST her resolution and this disgusting side show to rip our country in half, which is being fueled solely with blind enraged hate.

— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) October 31, 2019

Other lawmakers also released similar statements about the resolution.

Today I joined my @HouseGOP colleagues, along with two Democrats, in voting AGAINST the impeachment inquiry.

This resolution denies @realDonaldTrump due process in the Intelligence Committee proceedings. I refuse to validate such an unfair process with my vote. #ImpeachmentVote pic.twitter.com/zKoDaZHJGi

— Rep. Vicky Hartzler (@RepHartzler) October 31, 2019

I just voted against the House resolution on the impeachment inquiry.

Unfortunately, all this resolution does is put a new coat of paint on a biased Read More – Source

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