Rep. Lance Gooden (R-Texas) introduced a resolution on Tuesday to remove House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY) from his position and recognize the illegality of the impeachment proceedings Nadler has overseen.
"In recent days, Democrats have sanctimoniously declared their allegiance to the rule of law," Gooden said in a press release. "I encourage them to follow those rules and hold Chairman Nadler accountable for breaking them."
"By law, he may not launch impeachment proceedings until the full House votes for him to do so. This attempted coup against a duly elected, sitting president is unprecedented and must be stopped."
"I urge the Majority to move immediately to have him stripped of his chairmanship and that any accomplices on the Judiciary Committee not be considered as a replacement."
Tuesday night Gooden told CNN, “The House rules say that the House determines whether or not there's an impeachment inquiry. We have to actually vote on that.”
“What's been happening since July when Chairman Nadler just went forward for this investigation was - he was doing this on his own. He said - his words exactly, ‘We are in the middle of impeachment. I am investigating. This is an inquiry.’ None of that's legal. House rules, which are determined via the Constitution, the rule of law says that the US House of Representatives has to vote on that, and that's not happened.
"If you go back to July, we actually had a vote on impeachment and it failed. Democrats didn't like that. And so now they're saying, let's just investigate, investigate.”