House Judiciary Committee Votes on Resolution Regarding Impeachment Investigation
We ran the numbers: There are 602 news articles covering this topic. 10% (59) are left leaning, 63% (379) center, 27% (164) right leaning.
On Thursday, the House Judiciary Committee approved a resolution outlining the rules of their impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump.
The vote was the committee’s first regarding an investigation that has House Democrats divided on its intention. Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler is “conducting an impeachment inquiry”, while Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and other top-tier Democrats are abstaining from using that language.
This represents a clear disconnect between House Democrats, especially following Nadler’s opening comments at Thursday’s committee meeting.
“This Committee is engaged in an investigation that will allow us to determine whether to recommend articles of impeachment with respect to Donald Trump,” Nadler said, according to CNN.
The schism among Democrats will likely worsen as leadership refuses to back impeachment, even though the majority of House Democrats now support it.
As the consequences of these proceedings are relatively equal for both parties, so to was the news coverage surrounding them.
Of the 602 news pieces presented, 59 (10%) originated from the left, 379 (63%) from the center, and 164 (27%) from the right.
Left-leaning sources tended to highlight the fact that the majority of Democrats within the House now support the start of impeachment proceedings against President Trump. CNN reports that, “Of the 235 Democrats in the House, there are at least 135 -- according to a CNN count -- who’ve made clear they support starting the impeachment inquiry process, while some have gone further.”
Centrist sources, such as The Hill, focused on Trump response after being asked if Pelosi was “scared to impeach him. Trump reportedly said, “I don’t think she’s scared of anything. I think she’s a smart woman and I think she knows exactly what she’s doing.” In addition, these sources discussed Trump’s recent defense of Pelosi, both on impeachment and on accusations by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) that the Speaker of the House was targeting her and other minority congresswoman.
Sources from the right, like Fox News, centered on comments made by Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) where he issued a “double dog dare” to House Democrats in reference to the impeachment inquiry. “Resolve that the House authorizes the Judiciary Committee to conduct an inquiry into the impeachment of the president. It’s that simple. I dare you to do it. In fact, I double dog dare you,” McClintock said. The right also focused on Pelosi’s long-standing opposition to impeachment that was contradicted when she told Fox News on Monday that she supports Jerry Nadler, the Judiciary Chairman pushing for the impeachment inquiry.