Skip to content

Whose rules? Your rules!

Vigorous impeachment inquiry debate on House floor

Reps. Steve Scalise, left, and Steny H. Hoyer debate impeachment inquiry on the House floor. (Screenshots/House Recording Studio)
Reps. Steve Scalise, left, and Steny H. Hoyer debate impeachment inquiry on the House floor. (Screenshots/House Recording Studio)

House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, and Minority Whip Steve Scalise spent more than an hour on the House floor Friday afternoon engaged in a spirited debate over the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. The two lawmakers meet on the floor weekly to discuss their caucuses’ legislative agenda. Friday’s exchange was a stark departure from the more congenial tone in their fly-out day conversations.

The verbose back-and-forth between the senior congressmen began with a question from Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, on the process for impeachment. The conversation then turned to cover a wide range of arguments on impeachment in the House including:

  • [7:45] Process and rules of the impeachment inquiry
  • [13:17] Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee
  • [16:02] Foreign interference in U.S. elections
  • [23:42] The Mueller report
  • [28:50] Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy
  • [31:50] Russia, Iran and Syria
  • [36:10] Historical precedent
  • [42:27] The Bidens
  • [45:20] White House Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney
  • [51:34] Legislative gridlock in the Senate
  • [57:10] Government shutdown

Frustrations, toward the end of the hour, cleared and both agreed to disagree. Scalise concluded the conversation with a call for talks on the issue between congressional leaders.

Loading the player...

Recent Stories

‘Unholy alliance’: Congress needs to act as global crises threaten West

Figures, Dobson win runoffs in redrawn Alabama district

Fundraising shows Democrats prepping for battle in both chambers

Senate readies for Mayorkas impeachment showdown

Panel pitches NDAA plan to improve troops’ quality of life

Biden pitches tax plan in Pennsylvania as Trump stews in court