"In throwing cold water on the idea of impeachment, Speaker Nancy Pelosi in some ways was simply offering a clear-eyed assessment of the state of politics today in the nation's hyperpolarized capital: There are not enough votes to convict and remove President Trump from office", Baker and Cochrane write.
But there is no suggestion, in any of the ongoing discussions by Democrats, for and against impeachment, of citing Trump's defiance of the congressional power to appropriate funds, laid down in Article I of the Constitution, as one of the possible articles of impeachment. She was effectively conceding in advance that the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, widely expected to be submitted soon, will not find evidence to back the claims of "collusion" between Trump and the Russian government. But after Pelosi went public with her view that it's not worth it, the strategy left some of her members grasping for straws. "And he's just not worth it", she told the Post.
The most revealing comment came from Pelosi on Monday night, when she recalled that some Democrats had wanted her to consider impeaching President George W. Bush in 2007 and 2008 for invading Iraq based on lies about weapons of mass destruction.
"In fact, when people say there is one way to get rid of him or another, actually you are making a decision", Steyer added. "And I believe that when people get a chance through hearings like the hearing with Mr. Cohen in front of the House Oversight Committee, Americans will be glued to their TV sets that they will in fact see with their own eyes directly how lawless this president is, and they will insist that he be removed from office". Instead, Pelosi plans to provide a new space for the White House legislative affairs team, which did not have an office under former House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). I said that's good, Nancy. Kayleigh McEnany, national press secretary for the Trump campaign, said in a statement.
Many Democrats have been planning to move impeachment proceedings, but seniors in the party have been more circumspect about it.
That's because, despite Pelosi's opposition, Texas Democratic Rep.
"Nancy Pelosi is smart to say there shouldn't be an impeachment, because there's no grounds to do it", McCarthy said. "I think Pelosi realizes this: We can't spend all of our time concentrating on what we're fighting against", he said.
"To show you just how out of sorts they've gotten, the AFL-CIO published a letter saying "we will not tolerate the Green [New] Deal" because it's going to impact millions of their hard-working, blue-collar Americans and their families", he said.
- Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez might not be willing to take "no" for an answer.