House Republican leaders issued a response in a press conference following Thursdays procedural vote on ground rules surrounding the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
“The only bipartisan vote on that floor was against,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said in a press conference after the vote.
“There is nothing compelling” and “nothing overwhelming” that warrants the impeachment inquiry into the president, he remarked.
McCarthy also reposted a Twitter comment that Speaker Nancy Pelosis (D-Calif.) “inquiry is officially the first presidential impeachment inquiry in modern history authorized by members of only one party.”
The House voted 232-196, with all Republicans against the resolution and just two Democratic defectors joining them: freshman Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-N.J.) and Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) voted against the measure.
Peterson and Van Drew are representatives in mainly conservative districts.
Other leaders, including Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), said that the impeachment vote isnt designed to advance a partisan agenda, as laid out by Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.
He again repeated that the House Democrats are embroiled in a “Soviet-style” process.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said the resolution allows the Democrats to “continue what theyre going to do” and doesnt offer anything substantially new in terms of the impeachment process.
What Pelosi did today, Cheney said, is stop the House Intelligence Committee focusing “on any issue” that has to do with national security and only focus on impeachment.
“She has completely neutered the Intelligence Committee” and it would now “focus on a partisan impeachment process,” she said.
It was the first formal test of support for the impeachment probe and showed that Democrats have enough backing in the House to later bring formal charges, known as articles of impeachment, against Trump if they feel they have enough evidence.