Democrats are hypocrites on impeachment

Clay Curtis
March 13, 2019

House Democrats are split on Speaker Nancy Pelosi's pronouncement that she opposed impeachment because it is too divisive, and President Trump is "not worth" the effort. Congress should wait until special prosecutor Robert Mueller finishes his report, Langevin says, but "impeachment is not something I believe should be on our radar right now".

"She has now dismissed both the left's obsession with a risky and likely doomed effort to impeach Trump, and Trump himself, driving him insane", Brzezinski said. While Mueller's report and investigations in Congress and by NY prosecutors could change the dynamic, for now, "Pelosi's right - he's not worth it, just in terms of obsessing over him".

Green at any time can file articles of impeachment against Trump as a privileged resolution, which would trigger a two-day time clock in which the House has to consider the matter. The longtime Democrat has managed to be very careful approaching the impeachment conversation in the past, usually either deflecting questions or saying she'll make her mind up when there is enough evidence to impeach Trump.

The remarks quickly sparked criticism of Pelosi from liberals on social media.

Pelosi's argument can be rebutted in various ways, but Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., put it best, telling CNN that "the Constitution calls for impeachment in cases of bribery, treason and other high crimes and misdemeanors".

These preemptive strikes against impeachment may very well serve as a means to soften the blow for when the Mueller investigation is completed and they more than likely conclude there is no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. About 48% of adults in the US said Trump should be impeached, while 40% opposed it, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll published March 8.

The House GOP's impeachment crusade against President Clinton helped inspire a backlash in 1996 that is credited with helping Democrats gain House seats. As she says unless there is something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, they can't get two thirds of the Republican vote. "And probably right now is not the right time, but I think at some point it's going to be inevitable".

Pelosi made waves Monday when she told the Washington Post that she was "not for impeachment". We did not win on impeachment.

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

"I do not think we can actually remove him from office until we can convince the country", the California Democrat told reporters Monday evening.

Rather than ignore the obvious - which is Democrats have backed off impeachment because they have come to realize evidence does not support it - Fandos and others sought to keep hope alive.

Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, one of the lawmakers leading those investigations, said he agrees with Pelosi and Congress needs "to do our homework".

Representative Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat of Washington, cochairwoman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, agreed, arguing that voters "really are angry about what is perceived to be happening in the White House" and that Congress has an "obligation" to see where the facts lead.

"If we hadn't talked about impeachment, God knows what he would have done", Sherman said.

Green, of Houston, told Neil Cavuto that he is unconcerned as to whether the impeachment vote breaks the several-hundred-member threshold needed to start formal proceedings.

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