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OpinionNancy Pelosi's impeachment remarks were laughable

20:25  14 march  2019
20:25  14 march  2019 Source:   cnn.com

Tom Steyer hits Pelosi over refusal to impeach Trump: ‘Shall America just stop fighting for our principles’

Tom Steyer hits Pelosi over refusal to impeach Trump: ‘Shall America just stop fighting for our principles’ Liberal billionaire Tom Steyer, who has been on a crusade to impeach President Trump, slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for taking impeachment off the table. Pelosi, D-Calif., said an interview with the Washington Post published Monday that she disagrees with many Democrats about whether they should impeach Trump. “I’m not for impeachment,” Pelosi said. “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.

Nancy Pelosi's impeachment remarks were laughable© Zach Gibson/Getty Images/Zach Gibson/Getty Images/Zach Gibson/Getty Images House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi holds a news conference following the 2018 midterm elections at the Capitol Building on Tuesday in Washington.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's laughable announcement this week that she lacked enthusiasm for impeaching President Donald Trump ignored three things: the wishes of several vocal members in her conference, the bloodthirstiness of her party's base and the credibility of Adam Schiff.

Schiff on Pelosi Comments: Absent ‘Very Graphic Evidence,’ Impeachment Wouldn’t Even Have Support in the Senate

Schiff on Pelosi Comments: Absent ‘Very Graphic Evidence,’ Impeachment Wouldn’t Even Have Support in the Senate House Intel Committee Chairman Adam Schiff backed up Speaker Nancy Pelosi's opposition to impeachment in comments to CNN this afternoon. Pelosi said this regarding impeachment in the Washington Post interview out today: “I’m not for impeachment. This is news. I’m going to give you some news right now because I haven’t said this to any press person before. But since you asked, and I’ve been thinking about this: 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.

Her political instinct is correct -- impeaching a president is divisive and could backfire, as it did on Republicans after the 1998 impeachment of President Bill Clinton.

Even so, the minute I heard Pelosi's words I thought -- there's no way her conference will uniformly see it her way. She leads a group of people that routinely does things she wishes they wouldn't do -- particularly those in the freshman ranks -- like tweeting and making statements that invoke anti-Semitic tropes before patting themselves on the back for starting a "difficult conversation" and achieving "great progress."

Pelosi's conference defies her all the time. True to form, the goat rodeo continued this week as several broke with her on impeachment.

Pelosi didn’t throw impeachment away, she put it in the fridge for later

Pelosi didn’t throw impeachment away, she put it in the fridge for later Anyone who thinks House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., just wrote off impeachment as an option is deluding themselves. She would be stupid to preemptively discard that as a potential route and, contrary to the incisive analysis of Fox News contributors, Pelosi isn’t stupid. Pelosi wrapped herself in the flag, telling the Washington Post in an interview published Monday that impeaching President Trump would be too “divisive” and that, “I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country.

Impeachment is "not a matter of whether, it's a matter of when," Rep. John Yarmuth, chairman of the Budget Committee, said.

"That doesn't mean we're voting on it," said Rep. Rashida Tlaib, of Michigan. You might remember her from "impeach the motherfu----" video fame.

Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman of California told Jake Tapper on CNN that "you don't have to wait [for impeachment] until you know every felony the President has committed." (Tapper noted: "Sir, with all due respect, you keep saying that he's committed felonies. There's not one legal entity that has said he committed felonies.")

Sherman pressed on, appearing to say that Trump is guilty of felonies until the government says he isn't.

OK.

Finally, Rep. Al Green of Texas ignored Pelosi and said that because Trump is "causing harm to society" he will exercise his prerogative to bring articles of impeachment to the floor for a vote.

Schiff: Pelosi 'absolutely right' to hold back impeachment

Schiff: Pelosi 'absolutely right' to hold back impeachment The key House investigator said Speaker Nancy Pelosi is "absolutely right" to hold back on impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff sided with Pelosi, who said Democrats shouldn't pursue impeachment unless there's overwhelming and bipartisan support for doing so. Her comments to The Washington Post riled some liberals, including new lawmakers who helped flip the chamber to Democratic control.

Why should Democrats fear defying Pelosi on this?

After all, Rep. Ilhan Omar's punishment for her seemingly anti-Semitic comments was a watered-down anti-bigotry resolution and a glitzy photoshoot on the cover of Rolling Stone with none other than the speaker of the House.

Pelosi is also out of step with her party's base voters, who want this President out of office now. Polling has consistently shown a vast majority of rank-and-file Democratic voters want to see Trump impeached. Megadonor Tom Steyer has collected millions of signatures on an impeachment petition, and issued a statement after he heard Pelosi's edict.

"Speaker Pelosi thinks 'he's just not worth it?' Well, is defending our legal system 'worth it?' Is holding the President accountable for his crimes and cover-ups 'worth it?' Is doing what's right 'worth it? Or shall America just stop fighting for our principles and do what's politically convenient?" Steyer said. He's put millions of dollars in the impeachment potty and is none too happy about Pelosi hitting the flush handle.

Sarah Sanders: Nancy Pelosi is ‘starting to lose control of her party’

Sarah Sanders: Nancy Pelosi is ‘starting to lose control of her party’ White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Tuesday said that the fight in the Democratic Party over whether to push for the impeachment of President Trump shows that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is losing control of the party. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); “Look, I think Nancy Pelosi is clearly already starting to lose control of her party, I think we’re seeing that on a lot of things that have taken place over the last couple of weeks,” Sanders said on Fox News' “Outnumbered Overtime.

Finally, poor Adam Schiff, the hapless chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, watched his own credibility circle the drain: Now he is dutifully toeing Pelosi's line by pooh-poohing impeachment -- and this after leading the collusion mob for the past two years.

He now says Pelosi is "absolutely right." But what has he been saying for the last two years about the issue of Russian collusion? Let's take a walk down memory lane:

Schiff said that evidence of Russian collusion is "in plain sight," on February 17 of this year, and that the evidence of collusion was "pretty compelling." On March 3, Schiff said there is "direct evidence" of collusion. One year ago, Schiff said he had "ample evidence." He has also said there was "plenty of evidence."

But on Monday, he was reduced to the pathetic statement that impeachment "isn't a good idea ... in the absence of graphic evidence."

What is the difference between "graphic" evidence and that which is plenty, compelling, direct, ample and found in plain sight? I guess Schiff has a different experience with words than the rest of us.

For two years, Schiff has raced from network green room to network green room with his claim to have the goods on Comrade Trump. Now, Americans are left with the obvious question: "Was the President openly and willingly colluding with Russia -- which is most likely an impeachable offense -- or were you lying?"

Because how could anyone conclude impeachment isn't "worth it" if you have all the evidence Schiff has claimed?

Democrats went too far out on a limb with their collusion promises to score political points, have lost confidence that the Mueller report will back their wildest conspiracy fantasies, and are now forced to dial back one of their party's most animating issues.

Was it all just a political and fundraising ploy? Did Schiff whip his partisans into a frenzy and hopelessly divide this country with promises of "direct" and "ample" evidence all for political reasons?

This week brought a direct, ample, compelling and graphic answer to that question.


Exclusive: Nancy Pelosi pushes back on Democratic critics of her impeachment stance.
Some progressives have "wanted to impeach the president since the day he got elected," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told USA TODAY.

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