WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement upon Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s announcement of a formal impeachment inquiry:

“The power of impeachment was not designed to be a check on the electorate. But after two years of investigations failed to undo the 2016 election, Speaker Pelosi now calls for impeachment of the President of the United States, despite the fact that there are no ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ she can cite. It’s pathetic and disgraceful that after the Mueller report showed there was no collusion, Speaker Pelosi continues to advance this impeachment witch hunt, now relying on unconfirmed, secondhand accusations. 

“This sacred constitutional duty should not be abused as a charade to appease the radical left who still want to undo the results of the 2016 election. Pelosi’s Democrat majority has overreached yet again on their hatred of the President, rather than focusing on real problems facing American families, like lowering prescription drug costs and solving the crisis at the southern border. The American people deserve better than this disgraceful impeachment witch hunt.”