The reader might have been forgiven for believing that with Russian collusion had been proven to be the conspiracy theory that it was, thanks to the Mueller report and the subsequent hearings, that the impeachment of President Trump was off the table.
Indeed, with the 2020 election cycle starting in earnest, the institution of impeachment proceedings would be pointless. Time to defeat Trump the old-fashioned way, at the ballot box.
However, it seems that the reader would be wrong.
“House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said publicly for the first time on Thursday that his panel is conducting an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, adding that the committee will decide by the end of the year whether to refer articles of impeachment to the House floor.”
“The committee has said as much in recent court filings as it seeks former special counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury materials and testimony from his investigation’s star witnesses. But it was a rare rhetorical escalation from the New York Democrat, who has privately pushed Speaker Nancy Pelosi to support a formal inquiry of whether to remove the president from office.”
More than half of the House Democrats have declared themselves in favor of voting for articles of impeachment against the president of the United States. However, if that percentage holds, and assuming that all or most Republicans vote against impeachment, any attempt cannot pass the House. If impeachment does pass the House, it is very unlikely that President Trump will be thrown out of office during a Senate trial as ascribed by the Constitution.
Nadler appears to have made this move in defiance of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has stated, quite correctly, that impeachment would be divisive and would have every potential to backfire. Democrats surely remember what happened to Republicans in 1998 when, having impeached President Clinton on the charges of perjury and obstruction of justice, lost seats in that year’s midterms. Politico also notes:
“That timeline would put an impeachment battle in the middle of the Democratic presidential primary contests, which begin in early 2020 — a concern for Democrats who believe that the window to act on impeachment is quickly closing.”
According to Hot Air, none other than Hillary Clinton has advised House Democrats to cool it on impeachment. Ms. Clinton is in a unique position to understand the issue. She was on the staff that worked on the impeachment proceedings that were brought against President Richard Nixon. She witnessed what happened to her husband during his impeachment drama. Finally, Clinton knows what it likes to go up against Donald Trump – and lose.
Hillary Clinton knows that the difference between Watergate and today is that the Nixon impeachment proceedings involved the commission of actual crimes. The attempt to impeach President Trump involves something else entirely, less about high crimes and misdemeanors and more about personal hatred of the president and hurt feelings over the loss of the 2016 presidential elections.
“It’s that lack of fundamental seriousness and fairness that has made impeachment a fringe political movement. It’s so clearly soaked in partisan bitterness over losing the 2016 election that even most Democratic voters think it’s a waste of time after the collapse of the Russia-collusion theory. Hillary Clinton’s advice was wise, especially since it was given in the middle of the Nadler/Schiff circus. Too bad Nadler, Schiff, and the rest of the House Democrat Hysterics didn’t take it.”
Part of the problem that House Democrats face is, according to the Washington Examiner, only 37 percent of Americans back impeachment and 46 percent oppose with 16 percent were undecided in a poll taken immediately after the Mueller hearings. The results were largely unchanged from a similar poll taken before the hearings.
However, broken down by political party, 68 percent of Democrats support impeachment while only 8 percent of Republicans favor the effort. Those numbers, suggest some political observers, may explain the zeal of House Democrats that seem to be disconnected from the desires of the American people.
Nevertheless, Nadler and his committee would seem to be playing with political fire by proceeding with impeachment. Americans as a whole oppose it but the Democratic base demands it. What that entails for the upcoming election, the reader can but imagine.