Nancy Pelosi made one impeachment decision she instantly lived to regret
Democrats are facing a difficult impeachment choice.
Pelosi can accept the political reality the polls show, declare impeachment a loser, and end it – or she can press forward to please her base.
And now Nancy Pelosi made one impeachment decision she instantly lived to regret.
Democrats are ignoring the fact that polls show support for impeaching and removing the President from office is declining and are moving forward with a December 5 hearing in the House Judiciary Committee on the legal grounds for impeachment.
The Judiciary Committee is where Democrats will draw up articles of impeachment so Washington, D.C. insiders view this hearing as little more than a formality on the road to impeachment.
The House Judiciary Committee will hold its first hearing next week on the impeachment of President Donald Trump, as Democrats move quickly to the next stage of a process that is likely to lead to the third-ever presidential impeachment before the end of the year.
The hearing, scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 4, will feature a panel of constitutional experts and focus on the definition of an impeachable offense and the “procedural application of the impeachment process,” according to committee aides.
Republicans held a similar hearing at the outset of proceedings against President Bill Clinton in 1998, and Democrats say the move is a necessary prerequisite to drafting articles of impeachment.
“The impeachment inquiry is entering into a new phase,” Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) said in a statement. “Our first task is to explore the framework put in place to respond to serious allegations of impeachable misconduct like those against President Trump.”
Speaker Pelosi is between a rock and hard place.
It is clear almost no Republicans will vote for articles of impeachment.
But the Democrats base will go crazy if the House of Representatives does not pass articles of impeachment.
Given these two bad choices Pelosi is picking the option that pleases her base.