Pelosi balks on impeachment against ‘villainous’ Trump – for now

· May 23, 2019  
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Democrats continue to claim, without evidence, that President Trump is an authoritarian dictator and an existential threat to our democratic system. But even after attributing all of those horrifying labels to the president, Democrats are still not willing to move forward on impeachment just yet.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reiterated those claims Thursday, telling reporters that the president is a “villainous” figure who “wants to be impeached” to force a political battle in the Senate. She calculates that impeachment proceedings should not move forward for now, as it would play into the president’s strategy.

President Trump walked out on an infrastructure meeting with Pelosi on Wednesday following comments from the congressional leader that the president was engaged in a nefarious “cover-up” of criminal behavior. 

“We do believe that it’s important to follow the facts. We believe that no one is above the law, including the president of the United States. And we believe that the president of the United States is engaged in a cover-up,” Pelosi told reporters Wednesday.

President Trump was fully exonerated of unproven claims — originally sourced to the Clinton campaign and officials in the Obama administration — that he conspired with the Russian government to win the election. The extensive, pricey Mueller probe found zero evidence of criminal behavior involving President Trump, and it further bolstered his fully legitimate 2016 electoral victory over Hillary Clinton. However, Democrats continue to claim that the president obstructed (what Speaker Pelosi referred to as the “cover-up”) the Mueller investigation, which again, ended the collusion narrative and chose not to charge Mr. Trump for any criminal conduct.

While some Democrats remain committed to the hoax, dead-end Russia campaign, many have now pivoted to President Trump’s financial records, hoping that they can find a smoking gun in past financial statements that have not been made public. An Obama-appointed judge in New York is helping Democrats in Congress in attempting to force the president to make his financial records public.

2020 Democrats are divided on whether impeachment is a good immediate strategy. According to the New York Times, Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris maintain that impeachment proceedings should begin immediately. They are supported by Beto O’Rourke and other lesser known contenders. Others, such as Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden, are on the fence about when, or if, impeachment proceedings should occur, but defend the legitimacy of such a measure, if the Democrat-led House moves forward with it. It appears Andrew Yang and Tulsi Gabbard are the only 2020 candidates who have firmly stated that impeachment should not be an option, preferring to win at the ballot box.


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Author: Jordan Schachtel

Jordan Schachtel is the national security correspondent for Conservative Review and editor of The Dossier for Blaze Media. Follow him on Twitter @JordanSchachtel.