As Twitchy reported last week, the White House was preparing to send a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi informing her his administration didn’t have to comply with any demands from Congress unless the House went ahead and voted to launch an impeachment inquiry — a real one.

Trump campaign director of communications Tim Murtaugh on Wednesday tweeted why it was so important that the House actually hold a floor vote:

Brit Hume says he doubts the White House’s argument would hold up in court, but tying things up in court could also stall the impeachment fever that has overtaken the country:

Even with elections coming up for many of them, we can’t imagine House Democrats worrying about appearing more partisan than they already do.

That’s not a bad point. Do Democratic candidates actually want their cable news time taken over with televised impeachment hearings? Or would they prefer, as Pelosi seemed to favor, that her caucus just cool it with the impeachment talk?

We’ve seen the video supercut of Democrats talking impeachment since before the inauguration, so that isn’t an appearance they can realistically avoid.

Things seem to be getting serious according to a Fox News poll out Wednesday night: