Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick has voted against H.Res. 660, the resolution to formalize an impeachment inquiry into President Trump. He joined 193 Republicans and two Democrats against 231 Democrats and one Independent.
Of Pennsylvania’s nine House Republican members of Congress, eight signed a statement blasting the inquiry, calling it a “farce.” Fitzpatrick is the only Pennsylvanian Republican in the House to not sign this statement.
Still, the Congressman representing PA-01 had his objections. Fitzpatrick joined 1210 WPHT’s Dom Giordano Wednesday to discuss the resolution.
The Congressman had several issues with the process so far. He stated law enforcement should have been involved in the process of fact finding, citing the impeachment inquiry of President Clinton. Fitzpatrick served as an FBI agent for 15 years.
“Go back to the most recent one, which is Bill Clinton, where you had a law enforcement investigation. Law enforcement found facts, developed evidence of criminal activity. It was then put on the floor for an inquiry vote. 31 Democrats voted for the inquiry. It was bipartisan.”
Fitzpatrick also lamented a lack of open hearings and transparency in the current process. He did not see any legitimate reason for the private testimonies. Hearings held prior to the vote were held in a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF).
“In the sessions I’ve been in, there’s not a single word of classified information being discussed at all, which is the purpose of the SCIF,” Fitzpatrick said. “As we’re leaving, we’re being admonished not to speak about the contents, which we don’t and I don’t, but then you wake up the next day and read the paper, and you see selected, cherry-picked information that got leaked to the press.”
As a result of the vote, the House will be holding more hearings for the inquiry. If it continues, the progression would result in a trial in the Senate.