(NationalSentinel) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has a dilemma on her hand, and it’s a problem she has been trying to mitigate and avoid since taking control of the chamber in January.
New figures show that a majority of her Democratic caucus now supports impeaching POTUS Donald Trump — for something — which could increase pressure on her to allow proceedings to begin, despite the fact that the vast majority of Americans don’t support it.
An estimated 118 of the 235 voting Democratic members have now come out in support of impeachment.
Some of the latest members to switch include Reps. Jason Crow (Colo.), Mike Levin (Calif.), Chris Pappas (N.H.), and Jennifer Wexton (Va.).
They join the usual suspects who have been calling for the president’s impeachment since after the 2018 elections. They include Rep. Rashida Tlaib, (D-Mich)., who said during a speech to the NAACP on July 22, “I’m not going nowhere, not until I impeach this president.”
Or impeach this “motherf**ker,” as she called him after being sworn in.
That said, though a majority of Democrats now support impeaching the president in word if not deed, they do not comprise the simple majority of all 435 House members (218) necessary to actually refer articles of impeachment to the Senate, where the trial would take place.
And so far, there is nowhere near the required 2/3 majority in the upper chamber to convict and remove the president from office.
For her part, Pelosi has long argued against impeaching the president because she knows that it would be highly unpopular among Americans and likely contribute to Democrats losing control of the House next year.
NEWS: In a pair of tense, closed-door meetings today, multiple House Judiciary Dems confronted Pelosi and leadership about starting impeachment proceedings — ASAP
— Sarah Ferris (@sarahnferris) May 20, 2019
Still, there is one scenario in which Pelosi would back impeachment, as we noted: If Trump appears a lock for reelection. It would sort of be a Hail Mary situation:
But let’s recall that many Democrats in 2018 ran on the impeachment issue. …
The only way Pelosi signs off on this is if she comes to the conclusion it’s the only way to try — try— to stop POTUS Trump’s reelection next year. But she would have to have assurances that the Senate would convict him — and a sizable plurality of Americans wouldn’t revolt if POTUS were convicted, considering he’s done nothing to deserve impeachment.
Given the rapid shift of the Democrat mainstream to the far Left, Pelosi might not have much choice before much longer.
- By Jon Dougherty, The National Sentinel
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