WaPo: Why did Pelosi give the GOP a veto on impeachment?

Frederick Owens
March 14, 2019

"I certainly agree that in the absence of very compelling evidence that either Mueller produces or we're able to find, gaining the bipartisan support necessary, impeachment, to be successful, would be enormously hard", Schiff told reporters Monday night.

According to Fox News, addressing the press on Tuesday Ms Sanders said: "I think Nancy Pelosi is clearly already starting to lose control of her party". Trump's entire political persona, moreover, is all about incessant partisan conflict; he will consistently denounce any impeachment effort as a coup d'etat, an effort to overturn a democratic election, and the Republican "base" and the GOP pols who fear that base (all of them) will go to the wall to defend him. And he says it doesn't matter if it's a tough vote for moderate Democrats, some of whom contributed to the wins Democrats needed in November to take back the majority.

"There's only a handful of Republicans that would do anything that is questionable of Trump even if he did the gun to the head of somebody on Fifth Avenue that he's talked about", Cohen told reporters Monday night.

The House judiciary committee chairman, Jerrold Nadler, has said he believes Trump has committed obstruction of justice, but that it is too soon to decide on impeachment.

"While legally he ought to be impeached, he can not be removed until we change public opinion".

"I happen to disagree with that take", socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said of Pelosi's statement.

Rep. Al Green, the Texas Democrat who introduced impeachment articles past year, said he will try to force a vote.

"He's just not worth it", Pelosi said in the interview. In effect, she thinks the activists don't need to do this, but they'd rather do it much faster. Pelosi told the Post in a magazine interview conducted March 6 that impeachment would be divisive unless "there's something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan". And I always say you're not going to hear me saying anything publicly that I'm not saying here in the office.

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A Republican-led House voted to impeach Democratic President Bill Clinton in 1998, midway through his second term in office, and the Senate voted not to remove him in 1999.

They also noted that this is not exactly news, even though Pelosi actually said when she gave the quote, "I'm not for impeachment".

The formidable Democrat Speaker has argued attempts to derail the President without compelling evidence would only split the nation and cause social and political disarray.

CNN's Alex Rogers wrote: "Pelosi's comments published Monday are perhaps her strongest yet against the issue, but the speaker has signaled for months her resistance to pushing for impeachment". Timing, Raskin said, "becomes more of a factor" in impeachment as elections near.

The crucial distinction here is between the initiation of an impeachment inquiry, and the holding of a final impeachment vote.

Texas Democratic Congressman Al Green said that he plans to put forward articles of impeachment against President Trump for a third time.

She refused calls when she first held the speaker's gavel, in 2007, to start impeachment proceedings against George W. Bush.

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