A coalition of 40 different conservative groups has filed an ethics complaint against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) over allegations she “hypocritically usurped” the authority of the president of the United States, and “weaponized” an impeachment inquiry without a full House vote.
Led by Jenny Beth Martin of the conservative group called Tea Party Patriots Action, and signed by 40 different conservative groups, the coalition filed an ethics complaint against Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi over the way the impeachment inquiry began without a proper vote.
Pelosi’s impeachment inquiry is a “one-person decision”
In the complaint, the coalition claims that Speaker Pelosi made a “one-person decision” by not bringing the full House of Representatives to a vote over the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.
The letter points out that in all previous cases of impeachment in US history, the House of Representatives has held a vote of all the members before launching into an official impeachment inquiry.
Pelosi’s impeachment actions are illegitimate
“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 reads.
“If she now understands that before going any further, the full House of Representatives must make its impeachment inquiry legitimate by the casting of votes, she is tacitly admitting that what came before is illegitimate.”
Because of the way the impeachment inquiry has been handled, the group is calling for the discarding of all “evidence” gathered prior to when the full body of the House formally voted to make the impeachment inquiry official.
The complaint states: “Consequently, all ‘evidence’ gleaned during this portion of the ‘investigation’ must be discarded for the sake of fairness.”
Group wants ethics inquiry of Pelosi
The complaint letter is calling on the Office of Congressional Ethics to launch an inquiry into Speaker Pelosi’s “misconduct.”
The group was not alone in calling for ethics investigations of those involved in the impeachment inquiry.
A day earlier, Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) filed an ethics complaint against House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA).