Mika Brzezinski Flags ‘Fantastic’ Pelosi Line That Will Drive Trump Nuts

Greg Sargent What Pelosi got wrong and got right on impeachment

Nancy asserted that she is against Trump's impeachment unless there's something compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan.

"I'm not for impeachment", Pelosi told The Post's Joe Heim. She knows that it will only embolden Trump's base to support him even more, leading to a catastrophic loss for the Democrats (losing control of the House and not winning the Senate or the Presidency).

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. Do Democrats in Congress really think it will be better for them politically not to impeach if they think the case for Trump's guilt is strong?

The speaker's remarks angered the left, itself a development that cheered the Trump campaign and Republicans eager to cast Democrats as a party divided between its progressive wing and moderate, or establishment, camp. Just as during the Nixon years, the first step is congressional investigations (which we're seeing now), which then might lead to the opening of impeachment hearings.

Burstein pointed out that Pelosi "has not put the Green New Deal up for a vote, she hasn't even put [Rep.] Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the committee to review it".

"He's just not worth it", she added.

Waters recently tweeted that impeachment "is the only answer" for President Trump. "I think we'll see".

Reaction from fellow Democrats on Pelosi's rejection of impeachment is mixed.

"I wouldn't go as far as the Speaker", said Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., in an interview with CNN Monday.

"That doesn't mean we are voting on it, it means we are beginning the process to look at some of these alleged claims", Tlaib said.

Former President Bill Clinton signed in to law what was considered a major welfare reform in The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996.

But the divide on impeachment is emerging as one less about ideology and more about pragmatism, with the not-ready-to-impeach camp arguing that the action would not succeed and could make things worse for both the Democratic Party and the nation. Less harm would have been done to the country and the future of its system of government if the House Judiciary Committee had voted to just let the whole Watergate affair slide, than it would for Congress to shrink from its duty now. Rep. Al Green, a Texas Democrat, says he is planning to reintroduce articles of impeachment after his last effort, in December 2017, was defeated overwhelmingly. "And I think that's good for America", she said, laughing.

He said that it is his "responsibility to prevent an unfit president from staying in office" and that if he only gets his own single vote, he will have done his job in that regard.

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". "We are not governing with a focus on impeachment", Mr. Jeffries said.

Pelosi has long counseled her colleagues not to allow their talk on impeachment to get ahead of the facts - including the final report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

The Democratic Speaker of the House says there will be no charges against the Republican President barring an "overwhelming and bipartisan" consensus.


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