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Politics Does Pelosi have the votes for impeachment?

02:25  06 december  2019
02:25  06 december  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

'Don’t mess with me.' Pelosi slams reporter for asking if she 'hates the president'

  'Don’t mess with me.' Pelosi slams reporter for asking if she 'hates the president' House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed a Sinclair news reporter for asking if she hates President Trump. © Provided by Washington ExaminerThe House speaker was walking out of her weekly press conference when James Rosen asked, "Do you hate the president, Madam Speaker?" require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Pelosi stopped and returned to the microphones to condemn the question, telling reporters she is a Catholic and prays for the president.

Pelosi , during her televised remarks about impeachment on Thursday, did not suggest any particular timeline for a vote , saying only, "We will proceed in a If she has the votes , she’ll likely give the green light to impeach on the floor. If she doesn’t have the votes , impeachment could wait -- conceivably

Ms. Pelosi did not say in her announcement that she intended to bring any resolution to the floor. Whether or not it is necessary, it has not been clear whether a resolution to formally start an impeachment inquiry would pass a House vote , although the number of Democrats who support one

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called for House Democrats to "proceed with articles of impeachment" against President Trump, but questions remain over whether she has secured enough Democrats to vote for impeachment as the effort barrels forward at breakneck speed.

a close up of Nancy Pelosi in a red shirt© Provided by FOX News

Pelosi, during her televised remarks about impeachment on Thursday, did not suggest any particular timeline for a vote, saying only, "We will proceed in a manner worthy of our oath of office."

The timing of such a vote could be indicative of whether Pelosi has enough Democrats to vote to impeach: Pelosi is a master at reading her caucus. If she has the votes, she’ll likely give the green light to impeach on the floor. If she doesn’t have the votes, impeachment could wait -- conceivably until the New Year.

'Don’t mess with me.' Pelosi slams reporter for asking if she 'hates the president'

  'Don’t mess with me.' Pelosi slams reporter for asking if she 'hates the president' House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed a Sinclair news reporter for asking if she hates President Trump. © Provided by Washington ExaminerThe House speaker was walking out of her weekly press conference when James Rosen asked, "Do you hate the president, Madam Speaker?" Pelosi stopped and returned to the microphones to condemn the question, telling reporters she is a Catholic and prays for the president.“Don’t mess with me when it comes to words like that,” Pelosi said. “As a Catholic I resent you using hate in a sentence that references me.

The decision to begin a formal impeachment inquiry does not necessarily mean that the House will ultimately vote to charge Mr. Trump with high crimes and misdemeanors — much less that the Republican-controlled Senate will vote to remove him. But Ms. Pelosi and her leadership would not

So what does the constitution say? Article One of the constitution simply states that the House "shall have the sole power of impeachment ", acting Why won't Pelosi pull the trigger? With almost every Democrat in the House on board, Nancy Pelosi has the votes to pass an impeachment inquiry

Nancy Pelosi wearing a white shirt: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Democrats are proceeding with their impeachment inquiry in a manner worthy of the Constitution.© FoxNews.com House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Democrats are proceeding with their impeachment inquiry in a manner worthy of the Constitution.

A major milepost, though, could come at 5 p.m. Friday: Democrats have said the Trump administration has until the close of business to decide if it will cooperate with the investigation or try to defend the president. If the administration says it’s willing to play, then impeachment could stretch out a bit. If not, Democrats may operate under a compressed timeframe.

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But Pelosi has said that Democrats don't need to take a vote and has shown little interest in doing so after she announced last month the House would open an impeachment inquiry , accusing the White House of trying to play politics and arguing that House rules don't require a vote .

And, if he can force Pelosi to hold an impeachment inquiry vote , it would be extremely difficult for any Republican who votes against that to cast a vote The House's position is that it has the sole power to determine when it is conducting an impeachment investigation. Trump could have jump-started the

"This is a hard vote to make one way or the other," Rep. Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J., who opposed the inquiry before it began and remains skeptical of the impeachment efforts, told reporters Thursday.

A simple majority -- 216 of 431 members -- is needed to impeach. There are 233 Democrats, meaning that presuming anti-Trump independent Rep. Justin Amash backs impeachment, Democrats can lose 18 of their own and still impeach the president

A member of Pelosi’s leadership team told Fox News this week that the backlog of bills up this month in the House “works against” a December impeachment vote, explaining that impeachment “doesn’t fit the holiday spirit.”

Van Drew was one of just two Democrats who opposed the inquiry, alongside Minnesota's Collin Peterson, but Republicans are hoping that the 31 Democrats from districts that supported Trump in 2016 could be the key to defeating the impeachment effort.

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Thursday's vote planned by Mrs Pelosi and her fellow Democrats is not to impeach Mr Trump, but to set out ground rules for their inquiry. White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said the vote supported Mr Trump's contention "that Democrats were conducting an unauthorised impeachment

impeachment against President Trump, escalating a partisan confrontation that could lead to a vote by Christmas. Ms. Pelosi sent a clear signal that she was confident they would have the votes they needed to “If you are going to impeach me, do it now, fast, so we can have a fair trial in the Senate

Sensing a possible opening, the Republican National Committee (RNC) has ramped up the pressure on these Democrats in pro-Trump districts. As reported by The Daily Caller, the RNC is running ads urging voters to pick a lawmaker who “won’t waste taxpayer $$$ on partisan impeachment.”

Wall Street Journal Editorial Page Deputy Editor Dan Henninger told Fox News that some of these 31 Democrats are "really reluctant to take this vote," especially at this point in time.

"Do those Democrats really want a vote on virtually Christmas Eve?" he asked.

Henninger predicted that an impeachment trial could go into February. Not only could that slow down the momentum Democrats have built with the swift pace of the inquiry in recent weeks, it also places a burden on senators who will be in the thick of the presidential primary season. The Iowa caucuses are set for Feb. 3, with the New Hampshire primary Feb. 11, and contests in Nevada and South Carolina later that month.

While Democrats may use impeachment as an anti-Trump talking point on the campaign trail, candidates -- including Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.; Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Michael Bennet, D-Col. -- could end up spending valuable days of the primary season torn between their campaigns and a Senate trial should Trump actually be impeached.

House Democrat says he plans to vote against all articles of impeachment

  House Democrat says he plans to vote against all articles of impeachment Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, one of two Democrats to vote against formalizing the impeachment inquiry, said he plans to vote against all the articles of impeachment "unless there's something that I haven't seen, haven't heard before."Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, one of two Democrats to vote against formalizing the impeachment inquiry, said he plans to vote against all the articles of impeachment "unless there's something that I haven't seen, haven't heard before.

Pelosi now says there will be a vote Thu to authorize their impeachment inquiry. This should include minority subpoena rights, equal allocat. of staff, immediate For more than two years he continually told Americans he had the "smoking gun" that would prove the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.

"For those who do not know, impeachment does not mean that the President would be found guilty. It simply means that the House of Representatives Moulton was careful to note "it's not the right time to vote on impeachment , because we don't have all the facts in, we don't even have the full version of

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An impeachment trial at that stage of the game would put the senators at a disadvantage, while candidates such as South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Vice President Joe Biden and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg would be free to continue their efforts.

"This impeachment is beginning to overwhelm the real politics that the Democrats should be interested in," Henninger said, "which is trying to get themselves a presidential nominee."

On Thursday, Pelosi delivered a statement urging House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., to proceed with impeachment after a hearing a day earlier featured constitutional scholars presenting arguments for and against it.

“The president leaves us no choice but to act, because he is trying to corrupt, once again, the election for his own benefit," Pelosi said regarding Trump's request to have Ukraine announce an investigation of Biden and his son Hunter.

Amid the impeachment effort, lawmakers also have to deal with a looming government shutdown that could take effect Dec. 20 unless Congress passes spending legislation to avoid it. With just over two weeks to do so -- and holidays coming soon after -- impeachment could find itself on the House's back burner until the new year.

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Van Drew had told The Post recently that he had no plans to vote for the impeachment inquiry. “I didn’t support the idea of doing this to begin with, so I can’t Staten Island’s Max Rose also backed Speaker Nancy Pelosi ’s call, even though the borough gave Trump 57 percent of the vote in 2016.

But Pelosi did not put a time frame on it at a closed-door leadership meeting on Monday to discuss the resolution and she has been hesitant to do so, as But the vote will help Democrats push back on the Republican argument that Democrats are running an illegitimate impeachment inquiry behind closed

During a press conference in the hours following her impeachment announcement, Pelosi fielded a question about the timeline of the impeachment process, stating that "we feel comfortable with all of the time that has gone into this." She pointed out that it has been two and a half years since Robert Mueller was appointed as special counsel "and all that has transpired since then."

Following Pelosi's announcement, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., took Democrats to task for not putting pressing legislative matters ahead of impeachment.

"We've argued that American families deserve better than this partisan paralysis where Democrats literally obsess over impeachment and obstruct everything else," McConnell said on the Senate floor. "This very morning, for example, the Speaker gave a speech on national television to push forward her rushed and partisan impeachment. Not one word, not one word on the outstanding legislation the American people actually need. Nothing on USMCA or the NDAA or funding for our armed forces. It's all impeachment, all the time."

Pelosi responded to this during a news conference in the hours following her impeachment announcement by stating, "No, we have 275 bipartisan bills on your desk."

Senior House leadership sources have acknowledged to Fox News that they think it would be a challenge to have a proper debate and rush articles of impeachment through the Judiciary Committee and to the House floor before Christmas, while also working to avoid a shutdown. Pelosi indicated Thursday that the House has a number of bills on the agenda in the coming week, pointing to bills including legislation dealing with insider trading and voting rights.

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Pelosi said the Trump White House has made a “baseless claim that the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry ‘lacks the necessary authorization for a “They argue that, because the House has not taken a vote , they may simply pretend the impeachment inquiry does not exist,” Pelosi said.

Though Speaker Nancy Pelosi doesn't want to impeach President Trump, she may not be able to stop the rest of the House Democrats who do . There’s one person in America with the power to make Donald Trump’s impeachment happen, and she keeps insisting she’s not interested.

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"It's too complex," a senior member of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's leadership team told Fox News earlier this week.

That complexity could be increased by the need to carefully draft articles of impeachment that would draw enough support to pass in a vote by the full House of Representatives. A Capitol Hill source told Fox News that committee members were looking to Wednesday's testimony from law professors to formulate articles that would have the best chance of passing.

Republicans have united behind Trump against the impeachment efforts, meaning Democrats cannot afford to lose many votes from their own party.

Some Democrats, like Van Drew, remain skeptical of the effort. "Is this really an impeachable situation?" Van Drew asked in an interview with USA Today, noting the rarity of presidential impeachment in American history, and the fact that no president has ever been removed via that process.

"At the end of the day, nobody's ever been convicted," he said. "There's a reason for that. Our founding fathers had tremendous concern with the idea of impeachment. The idea of taking an elected leader regardless of how good or poor you think that elected leader is, out of office and disenfranchising hundreds of millions of voters does a lot that isn't so good for this country."

READ: HOUSE DEMOCRATS' IMPEACHMENT REPORT

Fox News' Chad Pergram, Gillian Turner, Adam Shaw, and Gregg Re contributed to this report.

How Nancy Pelosi could lose the impeachment vote .
Well, here we are. Impeachment articles against President Trump have been introduced — one for abuse of power and one for obstruction of justice — and a vote in the House is coming soon. The way forward seems entirely predictable. The Democratic majority in the House will vote "yes" on impeachment and the Republican-controlled Senate will decline to convict. Likewise, polling shows the impeachment inquiry has overwhelmingly served to reinforce Americans' previously held opinions about the president.

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