House Democrats are moving forward on efforts to impeach President Donald Trump, and Republicans in Congress are fighting back by calling for the removal of a leading Democrat from the House Judiciary Committee.
On Tuesday, Congressman Lance Gooden, a freshman Republican from East Texas, filed a resolution to remove New York Democrat Jerry Nadler as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee over alleged violations of the law.
“The Judiciary Committee must receive authorization to begin impeachment proceedings, yet the full House denied him this authorization in July by overwhelmingly rejecting House Resolution 498,” said Gooden in a statement. “Despite this, Chairman Nadler has said publicly he is ‘impeaching the president – right now,’ and has clearly initiated the impeachment process, in direct violation of the law.”
“In recent days Democrats have sanctimoniously declared their allegiance to the rule of law. I encourage them to follow those rules and hold Chairman Nadler accountable for breaking them,” Gooden added. “By law, he may not launch impeachment proceedings until the full House votes for him to do so. This attempted coup against a duly-elected, sitting president is unprecedented and must be stopped. I urge the Majority to move immediately to have him stripped of his chairmanship and that any accomplices on the Judiciary Committee not be considered as a replacement.”
Gooden’s resolution comes as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Nadler, and other Democrats appear to be moving toward filing articles of impeachment against the president.
Regardless of its merit, it is not expected to be successful, given the Democrat majority in the chamber and apparent movement within the Democrat caucus toward impeachment. Polls show a supermajority of American voters oppose Democrat efforts to impeach President Donald Trump.