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WorldUnder mounting pressure from Dems, Pelosi to hold closed-door impeachment meeting

04:11  22 may  2019
04:11  22 may  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, facing a revolt from members of her caucus, has been compelled to hold a closed-door meeting Wednesday morning to deal with new pressure to go forward with an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

Despite a growing number of Democrats tired of delay and calling for action, Pelosi on Tuesday continued to try to deflect the reality that her caucus is beginning to shift toward impeachment, telling ABC News, "No," when asked if she was under increased pressure to impeach Trump.

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi is facing mounting pressure from those inside her party who say Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s newly released report Things could come to a head late Monday afternoon, when Pelosi is set to hold a conference call with House Democrats to discuss Mueller’s findings.

Fast forward to today, when facing mounting pressure for an official position, House majority leader Nancy Pelosi pushed back In a "Dear Colleague" letter posted on Monday, Pelosi basically closed the door on impeaching Donald Trump, saying that impeachment proceedings are not the only way

"We don't have division," she told reporters.

But after Trump blocked former White House counsel Don McGahn from testifying Tuesday, one after the other, several Democrats publicly bucked Pelosi.

Under mounting pressure from Dems, Pelosi to hold closed-door impeachment meeting © Carlos Barria/Reuters President Donald Trump boards Air Force One after addressing a 2020 campaign rally in Montoursville, Pa., May 20, 2019. Rep. Mark Pocan, a co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said Trump's "stonewalling" of Congress "only enhances the President's appearance of guilt," and "has pushed Congress to a point where we must start an impeachment inquiry."

"Regrettably, the President's most recent actions and continued disrespect for the Constitution are forcing us down the road to impeachment," Pocan, D-Wisc., said. "The President and his associates are engaging in a campaign of obstruction and lawlessness that undermines the rule of law and does not reflect the actions of someone who is ‘exonerated' as innocent. Congress has a responsibility to conduct oversight and get the information we need to deliver the truth to the American public regarding Russia's interference in our elections."

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While Pelosi and her top Democrats argue that a majority of Democrats don’t want to impeach , she is under heavy pressure from some of her most hardline members to move more forcefully against Trump. Several members and aides said an impeachment inquiry resolution could be introduced in

Pelosi on Thursday night issued a letter to Democratic lawmakers in which she said the Democratic Caucus would hold a conference call on Monday “to And she and other top Democrats notably avoided any nod to impeachment in statements released after Mueller’s report went live on Thursday.

"I think impeachment, what's also tough about this conversation is when we say impeachment a lot of people don't know what that process means in the House," Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y, said. "I think that right now what we need to do is at least be on that track and at least be in the process of impeachment."

For months, Pelosi has attempted to keep her caucus in line, urging them to withhold calls for impeachment in order to focus on the Democrats' legislative agenda. She has openly downplayed the prospects of successfully impeaching Trump, given the lack of bipartisan support for impeachment and a Republican firewall in the Senate.

But after Michigan Republican Rep. Justin Amash broke ranks with his GOP colleagues and said he believes President Trump "engaged in impeachable conduct," some Democrats believe Pelosi is running out of excuses.

Under mounting pressure from Dems, Pelosi to hold closed-door impeachment meeting © Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez arrives to a House Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee hearing at the U.S. Capitol on May 15, 2019, in Washington. Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said she will introduce a "Resolution of Investigation" this week, asking the full House of Representatives to authorize an investigation intended to determine whether impeachment powers should be exercised.

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Pelosi and Reps. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, Hakeem Jeffries of New York, and Cheri Bustos of Illinois—some “It is coming to a head,” the Democrat told Fox News, before predicting the mounting pressure from inside her own ranks could force Pelosi to change

Email. close . “It is coming to a head,” the Democrat told Fox News, before predicting the mounting pressure from inside her own ranks could force Pelosi to change her position “within However, he would not be drawn on criticizing Pelosi ’s effort to avoid impeachment , saying instead: “Our Speaker

"What the American people want and deserve is deliberate and judicious action by the United States Congress," she tweeted. "We have to educate before we activate. Just like the Nixon tapes did. I will be introducing such a resolution. The time is now that Congress refuses to accept a rejection of its legal requests."

Democrats in support of launching an impeachment inquiry believe opening the inquiry would help streamline Democrats' investigations and strengthen their hand in the courts as they battle with the Trump administration over information and testimony. They have also said that opening the inquiry wouldn't necessarily lead to a full House vote to refer the matter to the Senate for a trial.

Under mounting pressure from Dems, Pelosi to hold closed-door impeachment meeting © Erik S. Lesser/EPA via Shutterstock Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, arrives to attend a classified intelligence briefing at the Capitol in Washington, May 21, 2019. Pelosi and her top lieutenants, in their rebuttal to Democrats now pushing for impeachment, have said that the majority has not exhausted all of their options to force the administration to heel. They have floated changing House rules to levy fines on individuals who flout congressional subpoenas, among other possibilities.

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is under pressure to follow the lead of Sen. Pelosi was a member of the House in the 1990s when its Republican majority impeached President Bill Clinton—sparking a voter backlash that drove GOP Speaker Newt Gingrich out of power.

WASHINGTON – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday appeared to tap the brakes on impeachment discussions, arguing in a letter to her colleagues that while Democrats would hold Pelosi also set a high threshold for taking up impeachment , arguing that it would have to be bipartisan.

"We still have unexhausted avenues here," Pelosi told Democrats in a closed-door meeting Monday, according to an aide in the room.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said the decision to proceed on impeachment will ultimately be "a collective judgment" from Democrats.

"I'm not saying that the Caucus is going to vote on it, but what I'm saying is there will be discussions among the leadership and among the Caucus as to whether or not we have reached a point where it is clear that the responsibility is to move ahead on that. I don't think we're there at this point in time," Hoyer, D-Md., told reporters Tuesday. "I don't probably think there's any Democrat who probably wouldn't in their gut say, you know, he's done some things that probably justify impeachment.

"The majority of Democrats continue to believe that we need to continue to pursue the avenue that we've been on in trying to elicit information, testimony, review the Mueller report, review other items that have gone on," he continued. "And, you know, if the facts lead us to a broader action, so be it."

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