Democrats split on Pelosi's dismissal of impeachment

Evarado Alatorre
Марта 13, 2019

The 17-term California Democrat recalled the divisiveness of President Bill Clinton's impeachment, which she said was "horrible for the country", and said she would not be willing to go through that again without "overwhelming and bipartisan" justification. "I'm sure when we have bipartisan support the Congress will go forward", Rep. Brad Sherman, California Democrat, who introduced impeachment proceedings past year, told The Washington Times.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Trump is unfit to be president but she is "not for impeachment".

With the 2020 presidential and congressional election campaigns already gearing up, the political calendar could dictate whether initiating the time-consuming impeachment process is even plausible, Democratic and Republican lawmakers said.

Since the 116th Congress was seated in January, Pelosi and the rest of the Democratic leadership have been advising the impeachment-hungry freshmen to "wait and see" what the special counsel turns up; with zero evidence of the promised "Russian collusion" nearly two years in, and only a third of Americans backing the idea of impeachment, Pelosi knows not to bet on a losing horse.

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The claim that "he's just not worth it" is particularly freaky - impeachment is the ultimate sign that someone isn't worthy of the powers of the presidency.

The House judiciary committee, which would lead an impeachment inquiry, recently launched a broad investigation of corruption, abuse of power and obstruction of justice allegations against Trump that could amount to impeachable offenses. Straightforward, just tell him what I think.

Several panels in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, including one headed by House judiciary chairman Jerrold Nadler, have just opened investigations into nearly every aspect of Mr Trump's life. There are only 47 Democrats in the current Senate (counting the two independents, Angus King and Bernie Sanders), so at least 20 Republicans would have to vote to convict Trump.

To be clear: Pelosi may be right in believing that, for now, impeachment is not the best option, for some of the reasons referenced above. "He called it a 'useful thing" and said it served 'to remind us of the fact that impeachment is the last resort in the Constitution, not the first resort'. "And he's just not worth it", she said.

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Ms Pelosi was clearly sensitive to political head winds that await the party should Democrats fail to garner public support for such divisive action.

But Pelosi was quick to state that she wouldn't fixate on the possibility of impeachment proceedings.

"Nancy Pelosi would have us believe this is some kind of evil, cold-hearted, right wing plot", Fox News contributor Deroy Murdock said during an interview on "Making Money with Charles Payne" Tuesday. How likely are they ever to support impeachment, Blake wonders, no matter what Robert Mueller or House Democrats dig up through their investigations?

Although Pelosi said she believed it would be too divisive to impeach Trump, she characterized the president as unfit to hold office.

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She also, unwisely, gives Republicans the ultimate escape hatch on impeachment. She knows that we need to be a unified force behind a true Democrat that appeals to every corner of the party. And, despite the policies Trump is pushing on everything from domestic spending cuts to inaction in climate change, "Mike Pence is not going to change that reality", McGovern says, referring to the potentially promoted vice president. Come November 2020, they will be judged on whether they delivered.

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