Democrats still refuse to hold a vote on impeachment, despite illegitimacy criticisms

Democrats don’t have the votes for impeachment, it seems. Now that members of Congress have returned from a two-week recess, Democratic House leaders have decided not to hold a floor vote authorizing the impeachment proceedings that Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced weeks ago.

“There’s no requirement that we have a vote, so at this time we will not be having a vote,” Pelosi said at a press conference Tuesday evening. “We’re not here to call bluffs, we’re here to find the truth, to uphold the Constitution of the United States. This is not a game for us. This is deadly serious.”

If Pelosi and company had the votes to authorize an impeachment inquiry on the House floor, it would only make sense that they hold the vote to do so at this point. The decision not to hold a vote is only going to fuel the arguments from the White House, Republican lawmakers, and conservative critics that the impeachment probe is illegitimate and out of line with historical precedent. It’s also going to bolster the belief that the issue of impeachment is still a political liability for Democrats who have to run for re-election in swing districts. The decision to hold off is only going to signal that they got out ahead of their skis and still need to build momentum among members of their own party.
 

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