Thomas Gallatin: Pelosi Rejects Impeachment ... For Now

Thomas Gallatin: Pelosi Rejects Impeachment ... For Now

There are all kinds of reasons being offered for why Nancy Pelosi announced Monday she does not support impeaching President Donald Trump even though she thinks he is unfit for the country's highest office.

Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who announced last week that she plans to file an impeachment resolution later this month, vowed Tuesday to press ahead.

A failed attempt to remove Trump through impeachment, Fandos wrote, "would only embolden the president's staunchest supporters and could improve his odds of re-election".

It's no secret that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her leadership team have been trying to tamp down enthusiasm in their Caucus for initiating impeachment proceedings against President Trump.

She added: "And he's just not worth it". And he says it doesn't matter if it's a tough vote for moderate Democrats, some of whom contributed to the wins Democrats needed in November to take back the majority. Pelosi asked a group of her peers during a Monday night huddle, according to two people familiar with the remarks who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.

Now that Pelosi is being widely quoted as coming out against the impeachment of Trump, Democrats are divided over her comments, meaning another such moment will be litigated in coming days. And Pelosi clearly isn't making that choice at this point, making her opposition to impeachment explicit in an interview with the Washington Post's Joe Helm.

The bottom line: Pelosi has enough headaches on her plate without resorting to a divisive fight over impeachment.

"I will do as my conscience dictates", Green said, going on to quote from Federalist Paper 65, one of several founding documents chiefly authored by John Jay, the first Supreme Court justice, and Alexander Hamilton.

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"I'm not for impeachment", Pelosi, the top US Democrat, said in the interview, which was conducted last week.

"If we had gone down that path, I doubt we would have won the White House", she said at the time. But the Democrats are so rattled by the president that they do not see the hypocrisy in their position. If that happens, however, Democrats would have the delightful choice of moving against Trump then or waiting to destroy him in the 2020 election after watching Republicans go after each other with tire irons.

"I do believe what Speaker Pelosi understands is that what they're wanting to do is going to require far more than what they have now, so I think they are hedging their bet on it", Collins said.

Most important is that, by taking impeachment off the table now, barring some new big revelations that spark bipartisan outrage, you give tacit assent to Trump's worst behavior. And those voices could reach a crescendo as Mueller's report is issued and House Democrats dig into their own investigations of Trump.

Speaking to Fox News, Sanders said she was "glad [Pelosi] sees what the rest of us see, that there's no reason, no cause for impeachment".

At its crux is whether Democrats should proceed with impeachment hearings if Republicans refuse to join in that endeavour.

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy said it was a "smart thing for her to say", but Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, said he doesn't think it's "going to fly" with some of Pelosi's members. The state-by-state contests to decide the Republican and Democratic presidential nominees begin February 3, with the Iowa caucuses.

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