Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Nancy Pelosi Doubles Down: Trump Impeachment Would 'Divide The Country'

Nancy Pelosi Doubles Down: Trump Impeachment Would 'Divide The Country'

Some House Democrats have publicly agreed with her comments, but others feel not impeaching Mr. Trump would be a betrayal of their goal as members of the House majority. Between now and the 2020 elections 53 senators (barring resignations) will belong to the party of a president whose rank-and-file voters adore him despite massive evidence of his crudeness, corruption and moblike habits and associations.

Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House intelligence committee, agreed with Mrs. Pelosi that Mr. Trump shouldn't be in office, but also that Democrats would need to find "graphic evidence" to make an impeachment case.

Pelosi accomplished an astonishing amount in the four years that Democrats held the House, including the high-wire legislating it took to deliver the Affordable Care Act to President Barack Obama's desk in 2010. Their impeachment standard isn't so much the Constitution's "high crimes and misdemeanors", but rather "high crimes and misdemeanors that Republicans agree upon". I don't think he is.

No effort should be made to impeach US President Donald Trump unless the reasons are overwhelming and bipartisan, given how divisive it would be for the country, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a Washington Post interview published on Monday.

Green said he's just acting as his conscience dictates, telling Fox News' Neil Cavuto, "We should not allow political expediency--wait until the next election--to trump the moral imperative to act when there is harm being caused to society".

"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.

The looming release of the Mueller report could be the reason for Ms Pelosi's comments, according to Senior Lecturer in American Politics and Foreign Policy at the United States Studies Centre David Smith. Several congressional committees have launched their own investigations. Impeachments can be a useful vehicle for forcing a debate on how we expect government officials to conduct themselves in office and for changing our constitutional norms and practices.

Even though the November 3, 2020, election is roughly 20 months away, numerous Democrats have kicked off campaigns to win the right to challenge Trump, who is seeking re-election. That's critical amid Republican efforts to cast Democrats as obsessed with ousting the president, Pelosi allies argue.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib of MI, who took office demanding her fellow Democrats "impeach the [expletive]", and who renewed her push as recently as Friday, dialed back after Mrs. Pelosi's comments, saying she's content with investigations for now.

So that leaves the question of whether there is any point to a presidential impeachment when it is a foregone conclusion that the result will not be the premature removal of the president from office.

"We do not now have the evidence all sorted out", Nadler told ABC's This Week program on 3 March.

Would a failed impeachment of Donald Trump ultimately destroy any hopes of the Dems taking the White House in 2020? Others aren't giving up their push to impeach him.

That line stresses one concern raised by the anti-impeachment corner of the Democratic caucus: that by impeaching Trump, Democrats could damage their ability to take him down at the ballot box.

Democratic Representative Jamie Raskin, a Judiciary Committee member, said in an interview that the "oversight function is the critical thing right now". "And so I'm going to move forward, obviously". Timing, Raskin said, "becomes more of a factor" in impeachment as elections near.

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