McCarthy threatens motion to oust Pelosi if she tries to impeach Trump to delay SCOTUS confirmation
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., threatened on Wednesday to introduce a motion to oust Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., if she attempts to bring forth a second round of impeachment charges as a way to prevent the Senate from confirming President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.
Pelosi has declined to rule out impeachment as an option to stop Trump’s court pick from being confirmed to the bench, arguning that Democrats will “use every arrow in our quiver” to block the eventual nominee.
“I will make you this one promise, listening to the speaker on television this weekend, if she tries to move for an impeachment based upon the president following the Constitution, I think there will be a move on the floor to no longer have the question of her being Speaker. She may think she has a quiver — we do too,” McCarthy told reporters Wednesday.
He added: “The president is supposed to move forward and they will. The Senate is supposed to take the action and they will — it's their constitutional right and they are following through."
If Pelosi and House Democrats try to impeach the president, “we will take the movement to remove her from speakership,” McCarthy said.
During an interview on ABC News’ “This Week” on Sunday, Pelosi was asked whether she and House Democrats would move to impeach the president or Attorney General Bill Barr in an effort to prevent the Senate from acting.
“We have our options. We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now, but the fact is we have a big challenge in our country,” Pelosi said. “This president has threatened to not even accept the results of the election.”
Pelosi was pressed again on whether she would employ impeachment tactics, to which she said the Constitution requires that Congress “use every arrow in our quiver.”
Meanwhile, in June, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., suggested that his panel “may very well” initiate impeachment proceedings against Attorney General Bill Barr, amid his committee’s broad investigation into the alleged “unprecedented politicization” of the Justice Department under the Trump administration.
The status of that committee’s investigation, at this point, is unclear.
Even before the Supreme Court vacancy, members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus had called on McCarthy to introduce a motion to vacate, which would oust Pelosi from her role as speaker.
The potential of a motion to oust Pelosi was discussed at a closed-door meeting of House Republicans earlier Wednesday.
Democrats have embarked on a crusade to block President Trump and Republicans from moving to fill the SCOTUS seat that was vacated following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has promised to move forward with a vote to confirm the president's nominee before the election, and Trump will announce his pick Saturday at 5 p.m. ET. Trump has said his choice will be a woman and that his list is down to five contenders.
Democrats argue that Republicans are breaking the precedent they set in failing to confirm President Obama’s appointee, Merrick Garland, in 2016. Republicans at the time argued the seat should be left open since it was an election year, and the choice to fill the seat should be decided with the vote.
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They argue that circumstances are different now because the presidency and the Senate are controlled by the same party.
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