Pelosi and Dems don't want a losing proposition. The House won’t take a vote to formalize the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, Speaker Pelosi said Tuesday after huddling with her Democratic caucus. “There’s no requirement that we have a vote,” Pelosi said at a press conference. “So, at this time, we will not be having a vote.”
Trump’s legal team has panned the ongoing impeachment hearings as “illegitimate” because Pelosi announced the inquiry by press conference on Sept. 24.
The House isn’t required to cast a vote, but did so to kick off the impeachment inquiries for President Nixon and President Clinton. Trump’s legal team has said his administration won’t cooperate with the probe unless there’s a vote. Republicans say a vote would allow Trump to have a fairer process, with the ability to have subpoena power and call witnesses.
But the stonewalling strategy has shown cracks, with several witnesses showing up to the Capitol for closed-door interviews.