Pelosi’s right, forget about impeachment

Posted March 13, 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she's not in favor of impeaching President Trump, dealing a major setback to the anti-Trump resistance which has clamored for House Democrats to take the politically charged step. "Legally, I don't think it's something that can ever be 100 percent off the table, but if that's how she feels right now I respect that".

"No, I don't think he's fit to be president of the United States", Pelosi told the Post, adding that he was "ethically unfit, intellectually unfit, curiosity-wise unfit".

"First, she rightly recognizes that the effect of ending up in a place where impeaching a president probably is not good in the long run for the country", Burstein said. "And probably right now is not the right time, but I think at some point it's going to be inevitable".

"Lindsey Graham said himself that you don't have to commit a crime to be impeached when he was making the argument for Clinton, you just have to have kind of defiled the office in a way, which hello, so in every way imaginable".

Decisions to make’ Special counsel Robert Mueller
Decisions to make’ Special counsel Robert Mueller

Like many in the political arena, she also knows that it's not the Mueller investigation that terrifies Trump and his cronies, it's the stuff thats going on in the Southern District of NY.

The Democrats seem to have split into two factions over the issue of impeaching US President Donald Trump, and White House staffers have definitely noticed.

Mr. Nadler, New York Democrat, said he's convinced the president has obstructed justice, but he doesn't have the evidence yet, so he has gone looking for it. He was also an instrumental actor in the impeachment proceedings of President Bill Clinton in the late 1990s, so he knows a thing or two about how one prepares for criminal charges against the chief executive. If the House votes to impeach (by a simple majority), a trial follows before the Senate, presided over by the chief justice of the Supreme Court.

Unless there is overwhelming and bipartisan consensus that Trump should be removed, it's not worth seriously considering, she says. By doing so, she has given the GOP a veto over any possible impeachment effort - and unlike the Nixon era, when the collective GOP conscience was still capable of objecting to acts of presidential misconduct, today's Republican congressmen have proved nearly reflexive defenders of a rogue president.

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"We're working very hard to deliver on those things, and I think the speaker wants to make sure we stay focused on that", he said.

Before Mr Trump left the White House on Friday for his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, he said: "The Democrats have become an anti-Israel party".

Neil Sroka of the liberal advocacy group Democracy for America said Pelosi's comments were "a little like an oncologist taking chemotherapy off the table before she's even got your test results back". "He's obstructed justice at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. That's why they voted him into office".

Second, Pelosi may have deduced something about or even been privy to Robert Mueller's forthcoming report. I think we ought to vote [our] convictions.

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Turley told an American Bar Association conference in New Orleans, "No one is going to tolerate an impeachment months before an election, when the president is on the campaign trail".

Regardless of whether Republicans get on board, Cohen sees the investigatory work the Judiciary Committee is doing as a "precursor to impeachment" that will eventually lead to that outcome.

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