The ball has dropped and it’s an historical day in the House, as it voted formally on a resolution governing the public portions of the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump. The resolution passed 232-196, with two Democrats voting no, no Republicans voting yes, and only Justin Amash, now an Independent but formerly a Republican voting yes. Roll Call:

Two Democrats, Reps. Collin C. Peterson of Minnesota and Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, voted “no.” Van Drew has said that while Trump’s behavior has been “distasteful” and makes him “feel uncomfortable,” he doesn’t believe the president has committed any impeachable offenses.

It’s unfortunate that this issue has to be a partisan, i.e., “tribal” one, but that is the way that it’s shaking down. And true to form, even though the Republicans have been screaming for a more public impeachment process, now they find fault with the way things are to go forward.

House Republicans, to different degrees, have objected to the process run by their Democratic counterparts.

Some, like Tom Cole of Oklahoma, the top Republican on the Rules Committee, want Trump to be allowed to have counsel representing him before the Intelligence Committee. Democrats, though, object to that request saying that the panel is gathering facts and that the president will be represented once the probe reaches the Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over articles of impeachment.

Ahead of the vote, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana ripped into the resolution. “It gives veto authority by the chair to literally reject any witness that is brought forward by the minority,”

Scalise said, standing next to a sign held by a staffer that said “37 days of Soviet-Style impeachment proceedings.” “This is Soviet-Style rules. Maybe in the Soviet Union you do things like this where only you make the rules, where you reject the ability for the person you’re accusing to even be in the room, to question what’s going on.

It’s noteworthy that when the Benghazi investigation was going on, Trey Gowdy and other Republicans defended private depositions to the hilt. Gowdy even reiterated his defense of the procedure the other day. However, now that it’s a Republican president who is the object of the investigation, all the other Republicans seem to have forgotten why it’s such a good idea.

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17 Comments on "House Votes Along Tribal Lines, Steve Scalise Calls Rules ‘Soviet Style’"

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deea118
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I am SO sick of the whining Republicans and their bullshit! They better STFU and start trying to come up with a defense for all of this crap Trump and his cronies have been doing. Wow Donnie Orange Turd – it sucks to be you!

mae
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Oh fuck them.

michaelscott
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I love how Republicans are all about the Constitution, until is goes against them.
I saw part of Scalise and Lizzy Cheney and it reminded me why people hate politicians.

mae
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Well, if we weren’t sure before, we know how republicans feel now. This is where they stand. I don’t have any interest in hearing about their feelings, on anything. What more do we need to know? They are 100% for trump, they just voted on it. Sick of them, and the Gaslighting, crap. They are really out now. Just done.

p j evans
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Ann Coulter was complaining about it *and* claiming that Tulsi is a senator.

p j evans
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Scalise was using a photo of St Basil’s and calling it the Kremlin. LOL!

brakester
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How dare they complain about “Soviet style rules” when they worship Putin and support dictatorship!

I look forward to seeing all the redactions in the Mueller report. I have suspected for a long time that there is info there about Drumph’s conspiring with Pew-tin and his treasonous behavior.

My estimation of Mueller is very low. He has this hero aura, but I see him as spineless and failing his/our country in a time of major crisis.

I had this wonderful cartoon about the similarities of the orange menace and a pumpkin, but can’t seem to post it here.

p j evans
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I’m so sorry that you don’t understand the restrictions that Mueller was working under. If you read the report – or even just the summaries at the start of each volume – you’d have a better picture.

brakester
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Hi PJ,
Thanks for sharing your view of the Mueller report. My frustration could be the result of lack of information. I spend an inordinate amount of time studying current events, but did not read the report or the summary. If I didn’t limit my internet time, I fear I would never leave the couch.

I will try to read the summary, thanks.

LoHa
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Sure hear you on that.

Jason Miciak
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I think Mueller was so certain that the obstruction of justice was so obvious and solid that he felt he didn’t need to frighten the horses with respect to the possible Russian agent in the WH. He also noted that the constant lying, joint defense agreements and use of WhatsApp and burner phones made collecting the record hard. I also think that the intel agency couldn’t release some of it what it had on Trump bc it would reveal sources and methods they believe they need to retain in order to keep track of the guy. That’s all speculation. Mueller… Read more »
brakester
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Thanks for sharing an alternative viewpoint. My mind is still open.

Villon
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Keeping an open mind and being able to think critically is one of the great strengths we have and a definite advantage over the hideous Republicans protecting the faux president. Mueller produced that report under severe restrictions and obstruction by the criminal in the White House. I think history will treat the report favorably.

Concinnity
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” Collin C. Peterson of Minnesota and Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, voted “no.” ”

Is it time they got some primary opposition, so that they can be replaced by people who are prepared to represent the true will of the vast majority of their party?

Gerald Boyette
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I am not aware that the Soviet System has any mecanism remotely llike Impeachment or even oversight. I do know that the U.S. Constitution does and is a big part of the new world order created by our founding fathers.

Rita Tecoma
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The GOP is like a bunch fifth graders …they want to change the rules when things are not going their way .

Daithi
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Wasn’t it the GOP who instituted the current rules to begin with?
That being the case, yep – they would be Russian style rules