Republicans Start Effort to Remove Nadler as House Judiciary Chair

House Republicans have been unhappy with the tutelage of Jerry Nadler (D-NY) as House Judiciary Chair from the very beginning of his service. His use — and even abuse — of the President’s taxes in an effort described as a “weaponization” of the system against Trump has received criticism both in the Congress and out. However, in spite of the concerns about Nadler, nothing has been done to curtail his actions. Until now.

Today, Congressman Lance Gooden (R-TX) has introduced a resolution designed to end Nadler’s tenure. In a statement, the Congressman says that Nadler has perpetuated a “rogue witch-hunt taking place against President Donald Trump in the House Judiciary Committee.” The resolution would officially and formally recognize the illegality of impeachment proceedings overseen by Chairman Nadler. Furthermore it will lead to the removal of Nadler as chair of the committee.

Under the law, the Judiciary Committee must receive authorization to begin impeachment proceedings, yet the full House denied Chairman Nadler this authorization in July by overwhelmingly rejecting House Resolution 498. In spite of the clear directive by the US House, Chairman Nadler has said publicly he is “impeaching the president – right now,” and has clearly begun that impeachment process, in direct violation of the law.

Congressman Gooden (R-TX) said in a statement that “In recent days Democrats have sanctimoniously declared their allegiance to the rule of law. I encourage them to follow those rules and hold Chairman Nadler accountable for breaking them.

By law, he may not launch impeachment proceedings until the full House votes for him to do so. This attempted coup against a duly-elected, sitting president is unprecedented and must be stopped. 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.”

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