WASHINGTON (CNN) - House Republicans' effort to push the resolution to create a bipartisan investigation of Speaker Nancy Pelosi failed Thursday afternoon.
When Utah Republican Rob Bishop offered the resolution on the House floor, the presiding officer in the House ruled it out of order. House rules require that any resolution must pertain to the House itself - the GOP resolution called for an evaluation of statements made by the executive branch (the CIA).
Republicans appealed the ruling and called for a vote, but Democrats rejected the appeal, and it was defeated largely on party lines - 272-172. Two Republicans - Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas - voted with the Democrats.
After the vote, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer denounced the GOP effort. "The Republicans for the last few weeks have been focused on the politics of personal destruction…." he said. "In this case, it attempts to distract the American public from the very important work that confronts this nation by focusing on the Speaker of the House and the representations she made as to her recollections with reference to a briefing that occurred some seven years ago."
Pelosi was not on the floor when Republicans introduced the resolution because she was in Baltimore delivering a commencement address at Johns Hopkins University.
Her spokesman, Nadeam Elshami, dismissed the move by Republicans. "This is nothing but a political distraction because the Republicans have nothing else to offer," said Elshami.