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Nancy Pelosi has steadfastly stood against impeachment to this point.
Why? Because she’s not an idiot. Her party is already in good position to retake the White House in 2020 if Joe Biden is the candidate (his mid-west appeal is undeniable). The election is only a little over a year away and impeachment risks a backlash. As House Democrats foam at the mouth over impeachment, logical observers are asking what the point would be?
Of course, rationality isn’t a trademark of the Democrat party and their base is getting more and more restless. That boiled over Monday night in a meeting of Democrat House leadership.
GET IN THE ROOM: @SpeakerPelosi's own leadership team tonight rebelled against her on impeachment.
During a closed door meeting, at least five members of her leadership team pushed her to bless an impeachment inquiry against Trump.
— Rachael Bade (@rachaelmbade) May 21, 2019
Several members of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s leadership team pressed her to begin an impeachment inquiry against President Trump in a series of Monday night meetings, according to multiple officials in the rooms — an effort the speaker rebuffed each time.
At least five members of Pelosi’s leadership team — four of whom also sit on the House Judiciary Committee, with jurisdiction over impeachment — pressed Pelosi (D-Calif.) in a closed-door leadership meeting to allow the panel to start an inquiry, which they argued would help investigators attain documents and testimony that Trump has blocked.
Democrats don’t even know what they are looking for at this point. Their “investigations” meet every definition of a witch hunt, as they desperately search for any wrongdoing spanning back decades before Trump was even President. How that falls into their role of oversight is anyone’s guess but that’s where we are. A recent decision by an Obama judge green-lit the idea of Congress having access to essentially anything in search of a crime.
None of this is normal or proper. Constitutional oversight is about actions taken within the office of the Presidency, not rifling through bank records from a ten years ago hoping to build a narrative that Russia has leverage over Trump or some other nonsense.
For Pelosi’s part, she’s still saying no to impeachment at this point.
Several hours later, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler met with Pelosi as well and made the case to start the inquiry, he later told his panel member on a call.
Pelosi declined to endorse the idea both times, according to the officials either in or familiar with what happened in both meetings. She and House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) argued that such an inquiry would undercut other House investigations — or that the idea was not supported by other members in the caucus.
I don’t think she can hold back this tide much longer. The majority of the Democrat party voter base may be Joe Biden’s party, but those with the most power and voice in D.C. see it as the party of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. They want blood at all costs, no matter how self-destructive it might be.
Trump has very little to lose at this point. Not a single poll shows support for impeachment above 40% and most are languishing in the low 30s. The country doesn’t want this and if Democrats force it to make some deep blue districts in NY and CA happy, they’ll pay a price. The longer these “investigations” drag on, the more tired of it voters get.
There’s also the fact that eventually Republicans will be back in power in the House. Pelosi likely has some respect for the fact that what she does today could haunt her tomorrow. The rest of her caucus can’t see past their noses though.
Regardless, Republicans shouldn’t sit quietly the next time they hold the House. Barack Obama had numerous strands in his past and during his presidency that Republicans could have tried to investigate via blanket subpoenas but they didn’t out of a sense of normalcy. Democrats are ripping that gentlemen’s agreement up as we speak and they have to pay a price for that. If the GOP just idly slides back into submission, this will never stop.