GOP Rep. Tom McClintock, at Thursday's House Judiciary Committee hearing on impeaching President Trump, stated that the committee doesn't have authority to begin an impeachment inquiry without a vote from the whole House of Representatives. He dared his Democratic colleagues to do so. "In fact, I double-dog dare you to do it," McClintock said.
GOP REP. TOM MCCLINTOCK:
In the 206 years that this committee has sat, it has never conducted an impeachment proceeding without first being authorized to do so by a vote of the full House. That's because the power of impeachment belongs to the full House and the full House has not delegated that power to any of the committees. It must first make that delegation and to this date, it has not. Committees are creatures of the House and their only powers are those delegated by the House.
Committees can’t freelance.
If the majority wants to exercise the House’s power of impeachment, all you got to do is ask the House to do so. All you have to do is ask the House that it direct and authorize this committee to conduct an impeachment inquiry. That’s all you have to do.
Resolve that the House authorizes the Judiciary Committee to conduct an inquiry into the impeachment of the president. It’s that simple. I dare you to do it. In fact, I double-dog dare you to do it.
Have the House vote on those 18 words and then go at it.