There is now a coalition of conservative groups that has filed an ethics complaint against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). These groups are claiming that she has usurped authority from the executive branch and “weaponized” the impeachment process.
In a written complaint to the Office of Congressional Ethics, a total of 40 conservative groups led by Jenny Beth Martin of Tea Party Patriots Action wrote to the board’s chairman, David Skaggs. The complaint argues that Pelosi was carrying out an unconstitutional, partisan investigation.
The statement also argued that a vote scheduled for Thursday on a House resolution laying out the process and some procedures for impeachment was “insufficient” to dispel their worries about a partisan investigation.
“Speaker Pelosi’s conduct is an encroachment across the constitutionally-mandated separation of powers. She has no business examining or investigating the president’s legitimate exercise of his authority to determine the foreign and national security policy of the United States,” the complaint stated.
“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 continued.
“She and her Democratic colleagues are using the impeachment process as a weapon of partisan political battle, rather than as the means to defend the Constitution our Framers meant it to be,” the complaint added.
Martin said that “the genie cannot be put back into the bottle” after Democrats began the impeachment inquiry without a formal House vote.
“Speaker Pelosi’s latest impeachment gambit — at last, a vote of the full House! — is merely a continuation of her ongoing roughshod-running,” said Martin.
“The genie cannot be put back in the bottle. All that ‘evidence’ that has been gathered before the casting of a single vote is tainted by the corrupt, secret process in which it was gathered. It is poisoned, and must be discarded for the sake of fairness,” Martin added.
Pelosi’s office did not immediately return a request for comment.
Credit: The Hill