Tweeting, “This witch hunt has to end,” Republican congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., filed a resolution to expel Democrat Nancy Pelosi from the U.S. House of Representatives and her leadership position as Speaker of the House six weeks ago.
On October 8, 2019, Abraham stated in a House Resolution that, in the matter of Nancy Pelosi, “she hereby is expelled from the House of Representatives and the Office of the Speaker is declared to be vacant.”
The Louisiana GOP lawmaker justified his legal action by citing Article 1, Section 5, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution which covers penalities for bad conduct:
Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly Behavior, and, with the Concurrence of two-thirds, expel a Member.
A press release published on Abraham’s website accused Pelosi of wasting taxpayer resources on the failed FBI special inquiry led by Robert Mueller into alleged Russian-Trump 2016 election collusion and for conspiring to tamper with the 2016 and 2020 presidential runoffs:
“Nancy Pelosi’s vicious crusade against our lawfully-elected President is nothing more than a politically-motivated witch hunt and it must be stopped. She has disgraced the people’s House and weaponized the Speaker’s gavel for her party’s political gain. House Democrats spent nearly three years obsessed with election meddling only to dwarf any such efforts with their own deceitful plan to nullify the 2016 election and prevent President Trump from winning in 2020. I have introduced a resolution calling for her to be expelled from the House and for the Speaker’s Office to be vacated.”
- Res. 620, as the pending legislation is called, requires a simple majority of 218 House votes to pass. If every Republican approved the resolution, it would take 21 Democrats to vote for the resolution to expel Pelosi from their chambers.
Internal House matters such as Abraham’s resolution to expel a member from the House of Representatives do not require the consent of the Senate or the President.
Abraham has served as the U.S. Representative for Louisiana’s 5th congressional district since 2015. The Alto native and resident ran for Governor of Louisiana in 2019 where he placed third after Republican Eddie Rispone and Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards.
The Republican leader’s retaliatory resolution is seen as part of a bigger movement among conservatives on the Hill who oppose the ongoing presidential impeachment inquiry led by Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam “Shifty” Schiff (D-CA).
Rep. Abraham is one of 87 House Republicans who co-sponsored a resolution directed at the House Intelligence Committee Chair, introduced by House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs (R-AZ) on October 15 to the House Ethics Committee:
“This resolution censures and condemns Representative Adam Schiff of California for certain misleading conduct.”
Specifically, the legislation condemns Schiff for inventing a fictional conversation between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky which he gibbered, eyes popping, in a televised broadcast.
In that speech, Schiff interpreted “the essence of what the president communicates” by lampooning the Commander-in-Chief’s speaking style – “And I’m going to say this only seven times, so you better listen good.” – and indulging in wild and misleading speculation.
H. Res. 630 calls Schiff’s misconduct into account, including the following excerpted actions linked to the Trump-Zelensky phone call and the impeachment inquiry:
Whereas, instead of quoting directly from the available transcript, Chairman Schiff manufactured a false retelling of the conversation between President Trump and President Zelensky;
Whereas this egregiously false and fabricated retelling had no relationship to the call itself;
Whereas these actions of Chairman Schiff misled the American people, bring disrepute upon the House of Representatives, and make a mockery of the impeachment process, one of this chamber’s most solemn constitutional duties.
After 14 supporting facts, the resolution concludes:
(1) the House of Representatives censures and condemns Representative Adam Schiff for conduct that misleads the American people in a way that is not befitting an elected Member of the House of Representatives;
(2) Representative Adam Schiff will forthwith present himself in the well of the House for the pronouncement of censure; and
(3) Representative Adam Schiff will be censured with the public reading of this resolution by the Speaker.
Rep. Abraham is running for Louisiana governor. According to him, the current impeachment “insanity” has “energized” his state’s GOP electorate before the gubernatorial contest.
Abraham’s resolution for Pelosi’s expulsion followed two days after President Trump tweeted that she and Schiff should be impeached due to mishandling the Trump-Zelensky conversation whistleblower inquiry:
“Nancy Pelosi knew of all of the many Shifty Adam Schiff lies and massive frauds perpetrated upon Congress and the American people, in the form of a fraudulent speech knowingly delivered as a ruthless con, and the illegal meetings with a highly partisan ‘Whistleblower’ & lawyer…”
The presidential message continued where it left off:
“…This makes Nervous Nancy every bit as guilty as Liddle’ Adam Schiff for High Crimes and Misdemeanors, and even Treason. I guess that means that they, along with all of those that evilly ‘Colluded’ with them, must all be immediately Impeached!”