House Speaker Nancy Pelosi doesn’t want to make this “impeachment” of Donald Trump official – at least not yet – and the Democratic party is losing patience with the longtime legislator over her reluctance to go there.
This latest “formal impeachment inquiry” is a farce, and little more than an escalation of semantics aimed at pacifying some of the more radical members of the progressive posse. In reality, there is no discernible difference between this “formal” inquiry and what lawmakers like House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler were working on previously, except for, perhaps, the intensity of the vitriol being employed.
As if to reiterate this treading of the political waters, Pelosi has again pushed back against the idea of voting to authorize the inquiry in The House.
Still, Democrats are continuing to call witnesses with Michael McKinley, former senior adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, appearing Wednesday for a closed-door interview, as the White House resists Democrats’ investigatory efforts based on the House’s refusal to hold a vote.
The strategy won’t pay off, according to many.
Meanwhile, legal analysts say that should this clash end up before a judge, House Democrats could have a tricky time in court.
“Pelosi seems to believe that she can hold a press conference and expect courts to accept that a formal impeachment process has begun,” George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley wrote in a Wednesday morning blog post. “Some judges are likely to be uncomfortable with such an immaculate impeachment.”
President Donald Trump has indicated that the White House will continue their stance of non-cooperation with the investigation until such a time as Congress takes a vote on impeachment, stating that this “formal inquiry” does not provide himself or the Republican party their right to defend themselves.
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