Conservatives are calling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) out for her failure to adhere to proper procedure in regard to the ‘impeachment inquiry.’

While Pelosi finally held a vote today on rules to move forward with in the matter, 40 conservative groups have just filed an ethic complaint against her. They excoriated her for the past issues as well as continuing issues, calling the proceeding and her actions unconstitutional and partisan.

Jenny Beth Martin of the Tea Party Patriots wrote the letter sent to the Office of Congressional Ethics and signed onto by the groups.

From The Hill:

“Speaker Pelosi’s conduct is an encroachment across the constitutionally-mandated separation of powers. She has no business examining or investigating the president’s legitimate exercise of his authority to determine the foreign and national security policy of the United States,” the complaint stated.

“In launching her ‘official’ impeachment inquiry without benefit of a vote of the full House of Representatives and without indicating anything remotely qualifying as ‘treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors’ that is the subject of the inquiry, Speaker Pelosi has weaponized impeachment,” the complaint continued.

“She and her Democratic colleagues are using the impeachment process as a weapon of partisan political battle, rather than as the means to defend the Constitution our Framers meant it to be,” the complaint added.

Martin said that because the process had begun improperly, it had tainted any evidence so far collected. So having a formal vote now that pretends to justify the inquiry doesn’t cure the taint, but is fruit of the poisonous tree and has to be discarded for fundamental fairness.

Even the vote today wasn’t bi-partisan, not one Republican voted in favor of the rules resolution. Two Democrats voted against it, with Republicans, New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew and Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson.

We’ve already seen how harmful the improper proceeding can be. Some examples of the problem of improper procedure and actions include reports that House Intel Chair Adam Schiff was pressured witness Kurt Volker to testify as he, Schiff, wanted him to, as well as Schiff interfering in the questioning to stop Lt. Col Alexander Vindman from answering the questions of the GOP about who he might have talked to on the matter. Indeed, Schiff being in charge after not telling the truth about his and/or his aide’s contacts with the Ukraine whistleblower compromises his whole position and he should recuse himself.

It’s hard to know how much harm this is also doing to our foreign policy as well, when Democrats’ obsession to impeach forced the release of a private conversation between Trump and the president of Ukraine. That would make any president of a foreign government reluctant to talk privately when it might be important to do so, not knowing if his/her call might be targeted by the Democrats. Why might they be concerned? For example, if they were being critical of another country or talking about information about how to deal with another country, as indeed they were about Germany on the Ukraine call, that it wasn’t as helpful as it could or should be to Ukraine.