Op Ed From An Illicit Info Staff Writer| The apparent tension between Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Democratic House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler of New York has been growing, ever since Jerry has ratched up his talk of impeaching President Donald Trump.
In fact, Nadler has moved from talk to action. The Democrat has begun to take actions aimed at developing the groundwork for impeachment.
A closed-door hearing was held last week during which Pelosi slammed House Judiciary Democrats, claiming that they had been too aggressive in their efforts to impeach Trump.
If you recall after Republicans impeached Clinton (yet failed to convict) they got clobbered in the next election cycle. It seems to me that Pelosi is mindful of this result and does not want the Dems to suffer the same fate, risking turning over control of all three branches of Government to Trump. Nadler seems to me to be willing to do anything that will get a camera pointed at him, and is not so worried that the moderates in his party are weary of impeachment.
The House Speaker is well aware that impeaching Trump may very well end her tenure as Speaker, so she’s carefully navigating her way around the issue, even going so far as to warn Democrat Caucus members to stop impeachment talks all tougher. Pelosi also knows that the entire House isn’t in support of moving on with impeachment proceedings against the President, a point underlines by Representative Al Green’s resolution having been shot down.
On top of that, Mitch McConnell has repeatedly explained that impeachment would be a nonstarter in the Republican-controlled Senate.
Pelosi criticized the panel’s handling of impeachment in harsh terms, complaining committee aides have advanced the push for ousting President Donald Trump far beyond where the House Democratic Caucus stands. Democrats simply don’t have the votes on the floor to impeach Trump, Pelosi said.
“And you can feel free to leak this,” Pelosi added, according to multiple people in the room. Pelosi’s office declined to comment on the meeting.
It was the latest sign of the widening schism between Pelosi and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, two longtime allies who are increasingly in conflict over where to guide the party at one of its most critical moments.
The Judiciary Committee, lead by Nadler, approved procedures to begin an impeachment investigation into the President recently.
Nadler began his impeachment hearings this week on a terrible footing after Corey Lewandowski, a close friend of President Donald Trump, made Nadler and his followers look like fools in Tuesday’s hearing.
Impeachment talks were pushed back by Pelosi last week. She addressed the media during a presser, walking out on reporters when they asked questions about impeachment.
She stated, “Impeachment is a very divisive measure, but if we have to go there, we’ll have to go there. But we can’t go there unless we have the facts.”
Via the Washington Examiner:
House Democrats heading into a weekly closed-door planning meeting were eager to get back to the legislative agenda, but the media remained focused on the hearing and the party’s efforts, led by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, to ferret out the evidence many liberal Democrats are seeking to impeach President Trump.
Liberal Democrats ratcheted up the impeachment frenzy Tuesday when Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley introduced a resolution calling on the House Judiciary panel to open an impeachment inquiry into Justice Brett Kavanaugh over new, but now in question, proof of allegations of sexual misconduct dating back to his teenage years.
Moderates, meanwhile, fear the impeachment saturation could doom their reelection efforts.
“Am I concerned? The answer is yes!” Democratic Florida Rep. Donna Shalala told the Washington Examiner. “In my district, I’m not getting asked about impeachment. I’m being asked about healthcare, I’m being asked about the environment, and about infrastructure. It’s not like around the country they are thinking about impeachment. It’s a Washington phenomenon as far as I can tell.”
Shalala and other Democrats now regularly express concern privately to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that the wall-to-wall impeachment effort by House Democrats is blocking their legislative agenda from public view. How can they convince constituents they are working on lowering prescription drug prices, some Democratic lawmakers have complained, when the news cycle revolves primarily around Nadler’s weekly confrontational hearings related to impeachment?
Pelosi tells lawmakers to stay “on message” about the Democratic agenda, which includes a House-passed gun background check bill and will soon include a prescription drug measure Shalala is eager to advance.
“She’s doing what she can do,” Shalala said. “She’s saying, ‘Keep your eye on the ball.’ That is what she is saying to us.”
Pelosi has privately clashed with Nadler over his aggressive impeachment agenda, arguing the public does not support it and it does not have the 218 votes to pass on the House floor. So far, about 137 Democrats say they would vote to open an official impeachment inquiry.
From where I sit, as a Trump supporter and opponent of the kleptocracy, I can only hope that the Dems keep on this path of self destruction, which I think will result in a historic landslide victory for Republicans in both chambers of Congress, and, of course, the Presidency.