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Political Editors / July 30, 2019

Pelosi’s Impeachment Pivot

With the Mueller hearings in the rearview mirror, she’s slightly shifting her stance.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seemingly has been walking an impeachment tightrope for months. On the one hand, many Democrats have been trying to impeach President Donald Trump since before he even took office. On the other, numerous Democrats won districts in 2018 that Trump won in 2016, and they’d rather not explain an impeachment vote to their constituents. So, Pelosi’s objective is simple: Keep Trump on the ropes with incessant investigations to placate the base, but always stay just short of impeachment so as not to endanger “moderates.”

“I’m not for impeachment,” Pelosi insisted in March. “Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it.”

But after the debacle of Robert Mueller’s testimony last week, she may be changing her tune. She denied the allegation that she’s trying to “run out the clock” on impeachment, saying a decision on pursuing it will be made in a “timely fashion.” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, who led the first hearing with Mueller, has been at the forefront of the impeachment push. And he says the time is near, because such an inquiry is already “in effect” and “articles of impeachment are under consideration as part of the Committee’s investigation, although no final determination has been made.”

Over the weekend, NBC News reported, “More than 100 House Democrats have called for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump to begin. The threshold was crossed just days after former special counsel Robert Mueller testified on Capitol Hill about his investigation into Russian election interference.”

“He has done many impeachable offenses,” Nadler argues. “He’s violated the law six ways from Sunday. But that’s not the question. The question is, can we develop enough evidence to put before the American people? We have broken the logjam.”

Yelling louder doesn’t equal evidence, but by all means, we hope Democrats keep their focus in all the wrong places.

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