When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the start of an impeachment inquiry in late September, she did so without any plan of voting on a resolution to formally launch it. Republicans and the White House latched onto that absence of a vote to argue that the impeachment process has been an illegitimate joke, kicking up a debate in the Democratic caucus about whether it should hold one. Dems decided, two weeks ago, not to. And on Friday, a federal judge sided with the Democrats’ argument that they were in an impeachment inquiry even without a vote.
All of this made it a little strange, then, when Pelosi announced to her colleagues in a letter Monday afternoon that they would vote on a resolution that “affirms the ongoing, existing investigation that is currently being conducted by our committees as part of this impeachment inquiry, including all requests for documents, subpoenas for records and testimony, and any other investigative steps previously taken or to be taken as part of this investigation.