Pelosi should reconsider whether to proceed

For the first time, the full U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote this week on the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. To date, it has been strictly a production of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic colleagues.

Perhaps because of criticism the impeachment inquiry has been a purely political move without any grounds in fact, Pelosi, D-Calif., plans to hold a vote on matters such as affirming the investigation should proceed, setting rules for public hearings and other mechanics.

Debate over the issue of public hearings should be interesting, given the fact House Democrats have questioned multiple witnesses behind closed doors.

It is likely the full House will vote to proceed. If so, procedural changes ought to be made. Thus far, with the White House unable to interview witnesses, the campaign has been more of an inquisition than an objective inquiry.

Democrats have a substantial majority in the House, so they should prevail in the upcoming vote. But if it is strictly on party lines — Democrats in favor of proceeding and Republicans against — the vote will be illuminating. If that happens, the reason for the inquiry, solely to embarrass Trump during the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election, will be unmasked.

If few or no Republicans vote in favor of the inquiry, Pelosi should reconsider whether it ought to proceed. She is intelligent and experienced enough to know that in Washington, what goes around, comes around. The president will not always be a Republican, and at some point in the future, abuse of the impeachment process may come back to haunt Democrats.