CHARLESTON, W.Va. – House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, today issued the following statement regarding the potential special session focused on possible impeachment proceedings against one or more members of the West Virginia Supreme Court:
“As the Legislature begins the process of considering possible impeachment proceedings related to members of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, it is important that this process be free from any appearance of bias,” Speaker Armstead said.
“When I announced I would not seek re-election to the House of Delegates, I also indicated that I am considering the possibility of seeking a statewide office in 2020. One office I indicated I am considering running for is a seat on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. I have not decided whether I will seek such a position regardless of whether such position would be up for election in 2020 or would become open at an earlier time. However, the process followed by the Legislature in relation to any impeachment process must be free from even the appearance of any conflict.
“Therefore, while I do not believe there is an actual conflict, I have decided that the decisions as to whether to ask the Governor to call the Legislature into Special Session and the initial disposition of any resolution relative to impeachment of any Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals should be made by the Speaker Pro Tempore, Delegate John Overington. Pursuant to the Rules of the House of Delegates, if votes are taken in relation to matters related to the potential impeachment, I will request, pursuant to Rule 49 of the House Rules, a determination by the Speaker Pro Tempore as to whether I should vote on any such matters and will abide by such decision.
“I believe that to be consistent with my personal views that I, and the operations of the House, should always err on the side of caution and high ethical standards, I should follow this course as we address this very serious is