Louisiana Republican Congressman Ralph Abraham introduced a resolution to expel the House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The act is the latest sign of building frustration in the GOP as Democrats continue to inquire impeachment against United States president Donald Trump.
The resolution, however, stands little to no realistic chances of being passed in the Democratic-controlled House. Republicans have also argued that potential articles of impeachment of the Democrats are “all but certain to stall if they ever reach the Senate.”
In Abraham’s statement, he states, “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."
He also added, “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."
While the resolution is being closely held and has not secured much Republican cosponsors, Abraham’s office expects the resolution to gain traction.
Abraham is also running for Louisiana governor with Eddie Rispone, his fellow GOP candidate. A primary election was held and President Trump also visited Louisiana for a rally on behalf of Abraham and Rispone.
The resolution also reads, "Resolved, That pursuant to Article 1, Section 5, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution, Representative Nancy Pelosi be, and she hereby is, expelled from the House of Representatives and the Office of the Speaker is declared to be vacant."
The aggressive approach of the congressional Republicans is also being mirrored by the Trump administration. US European Union’s ambassador Gordon Sondland has also been barred by the State Department from appearing before a House panel conducting the probe.