House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Rebuffs Calls for Full House Vote on Authorizing Impeachment Inquiry

Nancy Pelosi Holds Off On Vote to Authorize Trump Impeachment Inquiry

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, on Tuesday, said she has no plans to hold a full House vote to formally authorize an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Pelosi held a meeting with House Democrats on Tuesday night.

“There’s no requirement that we have a vote, and so at this time, we will not be having a vote,” Pelosi said at a press conference after the meeting.

According to republicans, the impeachment is illegitimate because the full House has not voted to formally begin an investigation. At present, the inquiry is being carried out by several committees.

The White House counsel said the lack of a full vote is the reason that the White House is not cooperating with the inquiry.

A formal House vote is not a procedure required by the Constitution to begin an impeachment inquiry, although previous inquiries have started with such a vote.