House Votes to Authorize Ongoing Impeachment Inquiry

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We ran the numbers: There are 4058 news articles covering this topic. 56% (2277) are left leaning, 32% (1302) center, 12% (479) right leaning.

On Thursday, the House voted to authorize -- and thereby make public -- the current impeachment inquiry, taking a next step in the investigation of President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.

The resolution -- passing 232-196 -- will include open hearings and marks the first time House members have formally taken a stance regarding the ongoing impeachment inquiry. With all House Republicans -- and two Democrats -- voting against the measure, the vote fell almost exclusively along partisan lines. Prior to the vote, Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff defended the purpose of the resolution. 

"This resolution sets the stage for the next phase of our investigation, one in which the American people will have the opportunity to hear from witnesses firsthand. We will continue to conduct this inquiry with the seriousness of purpose that our task deserves because it is our duty and because no one is above the law," Schiff said.

The New York Times published a left-leaning article detailing the divisiveness of both the resolution and the public impeachment inquiry that will begin as a result of its approval. The articles notes that all House Democrats, with the exception of two, approved the resolution while all House Republicans objected. The Times additionally reports that the new public phase to the impeachment inquiry as a result of the resolution means “sending both parties into uncharted territory and reshaping the nation’s political landscape.” 

A centrist NPR article focuses on the motives for the vote as well as the response to its result from Republicans. The article reports that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called it a “sad day,” adding that nobody comes to Congress to impeach a president of the United States.” However, Pelosi also stated that when the president’s behavior suggests wrongdoing it is Congress’ duty to act. Additionally, NPR reports that Republican leadership dubbed the vote a “Soviet-style process” while House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said, “There’s nothing the president did to be impeached.” 

Similar to NPR but with a right-leaning stance, The New York Post published an article highlighting comments from McCarthy on the Democrats in Congress. According to the article, McCarthy said the Democrats have “predetermined the president’s guilt” for the last three years. Of Congress, McCarthy also said, “It is not just devoid of solutions for the American people, it is now abusing its power to discredit democracy.” Additionally, the article reports that Pelosi took criticism from multiple Republicans for standing next to a visual aid of a U.S. flag printed on a square poster board at a news conference immediately following the vote.