House Will Have to Vote on Impeachment, Despite Pelosi's Opposition
House Will Have to Vote on Impeachment, Despite Pelosi's Opposition
EVAN VUCCI APNancy Pelosi has long resisted calls to impeach President Donald Trump
13 March, 2019, 23:55
With her comments to the Post, however, Burstein said Pelosi "gives a lot of her more liberal members cover who have constituents who want impeachment and they can then basically say 'well, you know I'm for it but Nancy Pelosi said we can't do it'".
George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley, who testified before the House Judiciary Committee during Clinton's impeachment process, said of the current Congress: "They've basically got a sweet spot of a year" to impeach and hold a Senate trial, if lawmakers deem those actions necessary.
The claim that "he's just not worth it" is particularly freakish - impeachment is the ultimate sign that someone isn't worthy of the powers of the presidency. But she said based on what's known now and the fact that the country is not behind any effort to remove him, "I'm not for impeachment", she said.
"At least two wild cards remain: federal prosecutors in NY who are scrutinizing Mr. Trump's business and inaugural committee, and Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel who is investigating the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation and whether the president obstructed justice".
As Speaker of the House, she appears to be reigning in control of House Democrats, positioning herself strategically. Rather, she says, the investigations need to take their course and impeachment, if warranted, will be clear. That's been a heavier lift thanks to more vocally pro-impeachment voices among some of the freshman Democrats elected last November (Rashida Tlaib's much-publicized f-bombed-adorned call for impeachment on the day she was sworn in was but the most colorful indication of a new mood), and fresh evidence of impeachable offenses by Trump coming from various sources (including Michael Cohen).
Only two presidents, Clinton and Andrew Johnson, have been impeached by the House.
Pelosi stressed to the Post that while she does not believe the country should impeach the president, Trump is still "ethically", "intellectually" and "curiosity-wise" unfit for the presidency. In an an interview with CBS on Super Bowl Sunday, Trump said, "The only way they can win, because they can't win the election, is to bring out the artificial way of impeachment". Heading into the midterm elections, she discouraged candidates from talking up impeachment, preferring to stick to the kitchen table issues that she believes most resonate with voters. And he's just not worth it, ' she concluded.
Pelosi told NBC on Monday that she's "always been opposed" to impeachment. Last week, House committees led by Democrats launched a series of new investigations against the president.
Do the Democrats think that forgoing impeachment will prove to be a shrewd political maneuver?
"If it's going to be a political disaster for us, then we're not going to do it", she said. As House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B.Schiff (D-Calif.) explained: "The only thing worse than putting the country through the trauma of an impeachment is putting the country through the trauma of a failed impeachment".
First, it's important to note that Pelosi's statement does not preclude any future impeachment attempts.
Despite a growing chorus of senior Democrats faulting the president for tearing down US institutions and even going against the rule of law with his attacks on investigators, Pelosi portrayed USA institutions as intact.
"When and if he breaks the law, that is grounds for when something like that would come up", she said at a press conference about Trump's efforts to undermine financial regulations.
"I know that this is hard for them to run against in 2020".
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