If the old Monty Python skit is true that “nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition,” then Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) might not have expected to be served with Rep. Lance Gooden’s (R-TX-05) “Resolution to End the Inquisition of President Donald J Trump.”
But that is indeed what House Republicans dropped on the House Judiciary Committee chairman’s lap today.
The resolution asserts that Nadler has been breaking House rules by claiming to be carrying out impeachment proceedings of the president. The violation comes since the House has not formally been instructed by the full body to begin that process.
In part, it reads, “[Nadler] is leading a biased, pre-determined impeachment effort of the president as opposed to executing his investigative duties.”
The resolution cites a few of Nadler’s statements such as, “on August 8, 2019, Committee on the Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler stated the Committee is undertaking an investigation of ‘all the evidence’ and ‘will at the conclusion of this, hopefully by the end of the year vote articles of impeachment to the House floor or we won’t.’’
Also cited is Nadler’s statement on September 16 that the House Judiciary Committee is “impeaching the president right now.”
Gooden said in a statement, “In recent days Democrats have sanctimoniously declared their allegiance to the rule of law. I encourage them to follow those rules and hold Chairman Nadler accountable for breaking them.”
“By law, he may not launch impeachment proceedings until the full House votes for him to do so. This attempted coup against a duly-elected, sitting president is unprecedented and must be stopped,” he continued.”
Gooden concluded with a call to action, saying “I urge the Majority to move immediately to have him stripped of his chairmanship and that any accomplices on the Judiciary Committee not be considered as a replacement.”
Texas Rep. Al Green (D-TX-09) had been leading the charge in filing articles of impeachment against President Trump with his latest filing in July failed to pass the House.
Earlier today, freshman Rep. Colin Allred (D-TX-32) became the latest Texas Democrat backing articles of impeachment against President Trump — however, that is in response to the report that Trump “repeatedly pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate Joe Biden, one of Trump’s chief political rivals, in a July phone call.”
The president has since denied the report.
The past efforts for impeachment centered on the Russia/Mueller investigation and Trump’s comments about four Democratic Congresswomen.
While the success of the resolution is certainly a long shot on the Democrat-controlled committee, were it to succeed, Nadler would be removed as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
Update: Shortly after publication, The Texan has learned that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is reportedly planning to announce a formal impeachment inquiry. The Texan will continue to monitor this developing story.
Brad Johnson is an Ohio native who graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2017. He is an avid sports fan who most enjoys watching his favorite teams continue their title drought throughout his cognizant lifetime. In his free time, you may find Brad watching and quoting Monty Python productions.