House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has surprisingly changed her position on impeaching Trump. Only weeks ago, she had described impeachment as a tortuous process, not just for Washington, but for all Americans. Now that a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report has been released, she doesn’t rule out the possibility. However, it might be too soon to call it, which is exactly why she called on the Democratic caucus to discuss it.
“Whether currently indictable or not, it is clear that the President has, at a minimum, engaged in highly unethical and unscrupulous behavior which does not bring honor to the office he holds,” she said in a letter sent to House Democrats. “It is also clear that the Congressional Republicans have an unlimited appetite for such low standards. The GOP should be ashamed of what the Mueller report has revealed, instead of giving the President their blessings.”
Even though some Democrats like Elizabeth Warren have called for impeachment hearings. “We must begin impeachment proceedings and investigate if the president committed impeachable offenses,” Ilhan Omar, Democrat Representative of Minnesota, wrote on Twitter. And Pelosi favors caution and rather than directly indicting President Trump, she prefers to proceed to “investigate the finding of the Mueller report.”
@elizabethwarrenNancy Pelosi argues that they don’t even need impeachment and instead favors calling on different witnesses to testify at Congress in an effort to expose Trump’s abuses of power and obstruction of justice. For starters, Don McGahn, a White House aide, has been subpoenaed by the House, and the implications of this may or may not be huge.
McGahn has so far behaved cooperatively, so even if there’s a possibility of refusing to testify in the House, he probably won’t. McGahn may be key, since he holds a firsthand account of how Trump allegedly broke the law by obstructing justice in the Mueller investigation. Did Trump order him to pressure the deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein to fire Robert Mueller, and then deny that the order took place? Even if these aren’t grounds for impeachment, Donald Trump may look even worse in the public eye, which would either set him up for a loss in the election or the impeachment many people expect.
Some Democrats are sure that impeachment proceedings will eventually doomed fail, which would only help the President, yet others argue that impeachment would send a message about what kind of behavior or misdeeds won’t be tolerated. In addition to how impeaching Trump would affect Democrats, another question remains: how will it affect them if they do not impeach Trump?
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