Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was hit with bad news on Wednesday when an ethics complaint was filed against her claiming that she usurped authority from the executive branch by “weaponiz[ing]” the impeachment process. That was only one of the many charges against her in the complaint, which was signed by forty conservative groups.
The Hill reported that the groups were led by Jenny Beth Martin of Tea Party Patriots Action, who wrote the complaint to the Office of Congressional Ethics. In the complaint to board chairman David Skaggs, Martin wrote that a vote scheduled for this week on the House’s impeachment inquiry was “insufficient” to dispel notions of partisanship from the process, which they argued had been undertaken unilaterally by Pelosi.
“Speaker Pelosi’s conduct is an encroachment across the constitutionally-mandated separation of powers,” the complaint stated. “She has no business examining or investigating the president’s legitimate exercise of his authority to determine the foreign and national security policy of the United States.”
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“In launching her “official” impeachment inquiry without benefit of a vote of the full House of Representatives and without indicating anything remotely qualifying as “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors” that is the subject of the inquiry, Speaker Pelosi has weaponized impeachment,” the complaint added. “She and her Democratic colleagues are using the impeachment process as a weapon of partisan political battle, rather than as the means to defend the Constitution our Framers meant it to be.”
Martin later released a statement saying that “the genie cannot be put back into the bottle” after Democrats began the impeachment inquiry without a formal House vote.
“Speaker Pelosi’s latest impeachment gambit — at last, a vote of the full House! — is merely a continuation of her ongoing roughshod-running,” said Martin. “The genie cannot be put back in the bottle. All that ‘evidence’ that has been gathered before the casting of a single vote is tainted by the corrupt, secret process in which it was gathered. It is poisoned, and must be discarded for the sake of fairness.”
Pelosi has yet to respond to the ethics complaint.
Pelosi is leading the charge in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, which was launched over claims that he pressured Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky to investigate 2020 Democratic presidential Joe Biden and his son Hunter’s business dealings in the nation. Those who support Trump have argued that Pelosi and her fellow Democrats have been carrying out the impeachment proceedings insufficiently by bringing in a steady stream of witnesses to argue that quid pro quo existed between Trump and Zelensky over U.S. military aide and plans for Ukraine to investigate the Bidens.