‘If we get there, we will get there on our own time and our own way. We’re not going to be baited into it…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) While plotting the best way to continue milking the debunked Mueller Report, Democratic leadership has largely tried to quell far-left demands for President Donald Trump’s impeachment.
However, Trump allies in the GOP are now capitalizing on the Democratic division by encouraging impeachment efforts.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has tried to shut down risky impeachment efforts within her party, encouraging House Democrats instead to continue investigating what could prove an endless wellspring of leaks and rumors during the election season.
Several Democratic committee chairs had already vowed to continue their investigations, even well before the Mueller Report was concluded and submitted to the Department of Justice in late March.
Meanwhile, some of those pushing the radical “Impeach 45” agenda—including Reps. Al Green, D-Texas, and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.—have introduced impeachment resolutions several times, and have pledged to continue to try until leadership joins the effort.
But GOP leaders have recognized that a Democratic impeachment attempt would actually be a gift to Trump. Various Republican campaigns have been gradually blasting out emails linking moderate Democrats to impeachment efforts.
“They would love to drive this to an impeachment because they think it will be their political salvation,” Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., a member of the House Judiciary Committee, told The Hill. “If we get there, we will get there on our own time and our own way. We’re not going to be baited into it.”
The Democrats’ latest attempt to introduce impeachment was last week’s hearing, during which the House Judiciary Committee tried to force Attorney General William Barr to testify.
“The procedural and legal perks of impeachment do not apply, and the chairman can’t have it both ways. He can’t try to pacify his liberal base by pretending to do impeachment without actually taking the plunge,” Collins said in his opening statement at Thursday’s hearing.
“The reality of our chamber and this distinguished committee is that when it comes to impeachment, you’re either in, Mr. Chairman, or you’re out, and, right now, you’re out.”
Though Democratic leaders are wary to commit themselves to the process, several have admitted that impeachment is the ultimate goal.
“Obviously, impeachment is the ultimate [option],” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said. “But we need to pursue this in a very, very vigorous way. Because this goes to the very essence of the relationship between two co-equal branches of government.”