Never before in our history has the House of Representatives pursued an unsanctioned impeachment investigation of a president. Since launching the unilateral crusade against President Trump, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has failed to provide any institutional rules for these proceedings — a clearly partisan campaign in direct defiance of our democratic values of due process. Worst of all, at a time when our congressional to-do list includes keeping the government open and functioning beyond Nov. 21, the impeachment undertaking has unleashed crippling chaos in Congress.
Rep. Jason Smith, a Republican, represents Missouri’s eighth congressional district which includes West Plains, Rolla, Farmington, Cape Girardeau and Poplar Bluff. Smith serves as the House Republican Conference Secretary, and is a member on both the House Committee on Ways and Means and the House Budget Committee.