There are few political figures who pose more of a nuisance to the republican party than Jerry Nadler.
The House Judiciary Committee Chairman has been one of the leading democrats in the effort to undermine the presidency of Donald Trump, taking every possible opportunity to foment uncertainty about the actions of the White House.
His role on the all-important committee has allowed him nearly unfettered chances to do just that, and his recent assertions that he has been undertaking an “impeachment investigation” into the President’s actions may have crossed a serious line.
A Republican congressman introduced a resolution on Tuesday calling for the ouster of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., from his panel post for pursuing impeachment proceedings against President Trump.
The proceedings were formally backed late Tuesday by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
Here’s where that gets tricky.
Lance Gooden, R-Texas, said in a release that Nadler has acted against the will of the House of Representatives, which never gave his committee explicit authorization to begin impeachment proceedings. The body voted 332-95 in July to table an impeachment resolution from Rep. Al Green, D-Texas.
“This attempted coup against a duly elected, sitting president is unprecedented and must be stopped,” Gooden said. “I urge the majority to move immediately to have him stripped of his chairmanship and that any accomplices on the Judiciary Committee not be considered as a replacement.”
Gooden would go on to send the democrats one last stinging retort as well.
“In recent days, Democrats have sanctimoniously declared their allegiance to the rule of law,” Gooden said. “I encourage them to follow those rules and hold Chairman Nadler accountable for breaking them.”
Given the current makeup of the House of Representatives, it is unlikely that the democratic leadership of that chamber will be pursuing Gooden’s request.