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Stewart Votes Against Continuing Impeachment Inquiry

Washington, DC, October 31, 2019

Today, Congressman Chris Stewart (UT-02) voted “NO” on the House Resolution to continue the impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump (H. Res. 660). Following the vote, Rep. Stewart released the following statement:

 “So far the Democrats have held hearings behind closed doors while selectively leaking soundbites in order to mislead the public. Now, more than 35 days since the beginning, Speaker Pelosi is rushing to retroactively legitimize her flawed investigation.

Only through a bipartisan process, in which both sides are given the opportunity to investigate, can we reach a conclusion that will be broadly accepted and factually sustained. This resolution fails to meet this standard and doesn’t follow the precedent of past impeachment investigations.”   - Rep. Chris Stewart

H. Res. 660 contains built-in advantages for the House Majority. Unlike previous impeachment proceedings, Democrats have rejected any bipartisan coordination by maintaining complete control and discretion throughout the process.  During the Clinton and Nixon impeachment proceedings, the Democrat ranking member could request witnesses at any time. Under the Democrats’ resolution, the Republican ranking member on House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) must provide a detailed written justification of the relevance of the testimony and receive the permission of Chairman Adam Schiff. 

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