Washington may have celebrated, collectively, over the Nationals’ World Series win this week, but that’s the only real recent example of Capitol Hill coming together.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s call for a House vote to formalize the impeachment investigation’s procedures caused both parties to dig in their heels as the impeachment inquiry moves out from behind closed doors.
The House’s historic first vote on impeachment (held on Halloween) went as expected, splitting along party lines (of 232-196) saw all but two Democrats stick together to support formalizing the investigation’s next steps. Those two “no” votes came from Democrats who just won in 2018 in districts Trump won last presidential cycle.
Meanwhile, the Republicans stuck together, with none siding with the Democrats as Trump and his backers made it clear that the vote was a proxy for impeachment — and Trump himself.
Trump continued to dig in on the root of the impeachment issue, saying on Thursday that “at some point, I’m going to sit down, perhaps as a fireside chat on live television” to read the transcript with his phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky. The President maintained that “when you read it, it’s a straight call.”
Questions around that transcript continue to come up in closed-door impeachment depositions — and Pelosi said that call between Trump and Zelensky ultimately compelled her to move forward on the impeachment investigation.
Despite that, Trump’s campaign essentially turned the lemon that is impeachment into lemonade in the form of campaign cash. With the help of a seven-figure World Series ad, campaign manager Brad Parscale said the campaign raked in $3 million online in one day.
The Point: No one was surprised by how the first impeachment-related vote went down, but the split sets up a holiday season battle.
And that was the week that was in 17 headlines.