The House vote is largely symbolic, as sharing the complaint with Congress is already required by law, but will force both Democrat and Republican lawmakers to vote on the record.
The House will vote Wednesday afternoon on a resolution condemning the Trump administration for failing to turn over the whistleblower complaint to Congress, as required by law, and demanding that Joseph Maguire, the acting director of national intelligence, promptly provide it.
Representative Jeff Van Drew NJ-2, has already come out against impeachment, in defiance of two thirds of his Democratic colleagues in the House saying, “What I am done with, barring any new evidence, is any talk of impeachment investigations or divisive, unproductive politics. It is time to move forward.”
It will be curious to see if Van Drew votes to condemn the White House for failing to obey the law, or will he continue to argue that there is nothing to see here.
Not everyone agrees that this is unproductive politics. Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement on Tuesday, “This is not a partisan matter; it’s about the integrity of our democracy, respect for the rule of law and defending our Constitution. We hope that all members of the House — Democrats and Republicans alike — will join in upholding the rule of law and oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution as representatives of the American people.”