GOP plans boycott of Pelosi’s plan to target Trump administration again

By WND Staff

U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. (White House photo)

House Republicans may fight a plan by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to join with Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., in an investigation of President Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

With the Democrats holding the House majority, the Republicans cannot stop the proposal to create a 9/11-style panel, but they could ignore it.

If the Republicans refuse to appoint any of their members to the panel, it likely would be seen as another partisan campaign against the president.

Democrats already have conducted unsuccessful investigations of Trump based on “Russia collusion” and a “quid pro quo” with Ukraine. The former was shot down by Robert Mueller’s special counsel probe, and the latter led to impeachment and acquittal.

Now the Washington Free Beacon reports House Republicans are considering ways to “subvert” Pelosi.

Democrats want the panel to be created by the House’s unanimous consent procedure, which Republicans say they never will allow.

GOP Deputy Whip Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., said, “She can announce whatever she wants, but the House has to approve this committee.”

It would require a vote while the House is in session.

Staffers for Republican House leadership are reviewing options, including the possibility of withholding GOP participation, the Free Beacon said.

Cole said the committee would have “no legitimacy whatsoever” without a bipartisan presence. The plan, he said, would face “unanimous or near-unanimous” GOP opposition.

Republicans have expressed concern about the proposal to have House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., lead the committee.

Last month, the lawmaker touted the coronavirus as “a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.”

Republicans also argue the committee would be redundant, noting the existing oversight committee’s responsibilities.

Schiff previously said his intent is to “examine U.S. government preparedness in advance of this pandemic, the federal government’s response to it, and provide recommendations to improve our ability to respond to and recover from future outbreaks.”

When Schiff first insisted on the investigation of the Trump administration, he said he would require that the commission have the right to “compel” cooperation from “witnesses.”

Intelligence Committee ranking Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., called Schiff’s proposal “yet another dumb stunt.”

“His Russia collusion hoax failed, his Ukraine scam failed, and his efforts to cover up FISA abuse failed,” he told Fox News. “So, Schiff is launching yet another dumb stunt to justify his never-ending media-relations operation.”

The president dismissed it as “witch hunt after witch hunt after witch hunt.”

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