U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb’s rationales for delaying a decision on a vote for impeachment are unconvincing and present a false picture of how the process works.
The House plays the role of a grand jury. It investigates and, if enough evidence indicates that a “high crime or misdemeanor” was committed by the president, it votes to impeach. At that point, the case goes to trial in the Senate, which decides whether to convict. Mr. Lamb, D-Mt. Lebanon, got a law degree at the University of Pennsylvania, so he should know how this goes.
Yet he justifies his shilly-shallying by pretending the rules of trial evidence (beyond a reasonable doubt) apply to his vote to impeach. They do not.