Listen to Pelosi, Democrats. Now's not the time to impeach Trump
Jun 07 2019
Nadler saidin a statement that Mueller "has now left Congress to pick up where he left off". But the Senate, controlled by the Republicans, is considered highly unlikely to convict their party's standard-bearer, unless some stunning new revelation about his actions turns up - which can not be ruled out.
Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md), Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) and other top Democrats met with Nadler separately that night as he again unsuccessfully argued for opening an impeachment inquiry. During an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" last week, Pelosi said she wanted the Democratic-led House of Representatives to investigate Trump to the fullest extent so they could have an airtight case against the president.
A spokesperson for Reid told USA Today on Tuesday that Reid had spoken with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
But House Democrats view Mueller's testimony as an integral factor of whether the party moves forward with an impeachment inquiry, something that members support more with each passing day the Trump administration refuses to comply with their various congressional investigations.
Impeachment advocates like Rep.
Pelosi denied that the House could appear to detour from regular order by including former White House counsel Don McGahn in next week's contempt package, bypassing a Judiciary Committee vote on contempt.
As recently as February 26th, the Donald Trump impeachment odds were set at -270, so they've actually grown longer. As a member of the people's house, I take my oath to uphold the Constitution very seriously.
It's not clear why Pelosi believes she has to choose between the two.
Interested in Donald Trump? President Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 before Congress could impeach him. While that's not a completely unreasonable thought - Trump has never been a popular president, and his approval rating in some key battleground states makes a second term look dicey for him - don't forget that polls and conventional wisdom had Hillary Clinton winning the 2016 election.
The schedule has politicos gaming out when, if ever, impeachment proceedings would have to begin and when they become less likely.
Ashley Etienne, a Pelosi spokeswoman said Pelosi and the chairmen "had a productive meeting about the state of play with the Mueller report". While it stopped short of concluding Trump had committed a crime, the report did not exonerate him.
Justice Department officials were not immediately available for comment. "These hearings will allow us to examine the findings laid out in Mueller's report so that we can work to protect the rule of law and protect future elections through consideration of legislative and other remedies". Barr, once a Republican establishment lawyer who has been unusually outspoken for an attorney general in defending the president, has insisted on defining the report's main conclusions, which he has consistently misinterpreted, to Mueller's displeasure. "He has said, clearly, that he's not going to say anything more than is in the report".
The ceremony comes after the president's three-day state visit to Britain, where he and his family dined at Buckingham Palace with the Queen and hosted a dinner for Charles, Prince of Wales, and Camilla, Duchess of Cambridge, at the US ambassador's residence.
This level of "tribalism", as a Washington Post analysis piece last week referred to the Republican's steadfast position against impeachment, has not always been so.