Former Congressman Trey Gowdy to House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler on Monday, after he claimed he was considering an “informal impeachment.”
Gowdy said “Either Nadler file articles of impeachment and put them on the floor of the House for a vote, or SHUT UP,”
While other Democratic leaders like Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and fellow House Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) have been hesitant to acknowledge the calls for impeachment from some Democrats, Nadler has been much more open.
Nadler confused many, however, when he announced he was considering a “formal impeachment” of President Trump after the House overwhelmingly voted against such action. This left many wondering how formal the impeachment steps can be if it is just in Nadler’s committee.
During an interview on Fox News, Gowdy mocked Nadler’s informal impeachment.
I think [the difference between formal impeachment and informal impeachment] is you wear a tuxedo instead of a Hawaiian shirt if it’s formal. I have no idea what that means. I mean, what is informal impeachment? Look, Jerry’s in a tough spot. You’ve got some really charismatic New York politicians: Alexandria [Ocasio-Cortez], Hakeem [Jefferies], Kathleen Rice — and he just ain’t one of them. And he’s going to be in trouble next election cycle, so he’s got to gin up the base.
Gowdy advised Nadler to just make up his mind on the issue, instead of dragging out the suspense surrounding impeachment forever.
Gowdy said “Nobody is falling for this informal versus formal impeachment. There ain’t but one kind. Go file your articles of impeachment, put them on the floor, you’ll win in the House, you’ll lose in front of the jury, but go ahead and do it. But there’s no such thing as informal impeachment.”