Pelosi Comes Out against Impeachment: ‘He’s Just Not Worth It’
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 14, 2019,
Mar 14, 2019, 6:51
But to leave that determination concerning a Republican president up to Republicans is to effectively cede the power Democrats won in the 2018 election to hold Trump accountable. It's not an honor to bestow. "We can get the information we need". But maybe not two [Trump] terms. "He obsesses over us, which is why he's so ineffective", McGovern adds.
On that second criteria, Pelosi appears to be putting the decision of a GOP Senate majority that has so far refused to condemn Trump on policy matters such as his emergency declaration for a border wall, or on personal matters like his payments to lawyer Michael Cohen and hush agreement with porn star Stormy Daniels.
Impeachment, of course, is a political process. And although Mueller has managed to indict and convict several Trump associates, none are guilty of active collusion during the 2016 election period. Some Democrats fear that, by engaging in the fight, the party would be damaged by the backlash.
First, it's important to note that Pelosi's statement does not preclude any future impeachment attempts. Secondarily, it includes his continuing efforts to obstruct the investigation into the links and coordination between his campaign and Russian Federation. The news is causing a lot of conversation as Democrats discuss the impact of focusing on the impeachment process and if it would be a waste of time and resources.
A freshmen Democrat is also joining the impeachment movement. Trump's blatant breach of the emoluments clause is one; relatedly, his apparent receptivity to foreign influence on multiple fronts is another.
Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), who was among those who voted alongside Green a year ago, called the congressman's push "premature" and said he didn't know if he could vote with him again for impeachment. Pelosi got her formative experience as a legislator on the Appropriations and Intelligence committees, two panels that were known until recent years for their bipartisanship. The supermajority requirement for conviction in the Senate, however, means that normalizing impeachments in the current circumstances will generally mean futility in a Senate trial.
"Nancy Pelosi would have us believe this is some kind of evil, cold-hearted, right wing plot", Fox News contributor Deroy Murdock said during an interview on "Making Money with Charles Payne" Tuesday.
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.
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.
However, the Democratic leader also noted that she believes Trump is ethically, intellectually, and politically unfit to serve as president. He said impeachment "has to be a bipartisan effort, and right now it's not there". Perhaps she doesn't want to be perceived as overly focused on raw political calculus and decided she had to find more persuasive moral high ground.
"I do not think we can actually remove him from office until we can convince the country", the California Democrat told reporters Monday evening. Is it worth it?