‘The House Democratic caucus is not on a path to impeachment—and that’s where he wants us to be…’
(AFP) After a week defined by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s accusations that President Donald Trump was engaged in a “cover up,” which led to a canceled meeting an promise of legislative gridlock to come, some have said relations between the political adversaries have bottomed out.
Still, Democrats are not yet ready to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, the California Democrat said Thursday, warning that such a course of action would be “very divisive.”
Pelosi, whose high-profile rivalry with Trump spilled into open warfare this week, said the president himself is “disappointed” that Democrats have not launched formal steps to remove him from office.
She has claimed previously that Trump was attempting to goad Democrats to act because such a move could fire up his conservative base and help his re-election effort.
But she reiterated her position that impeachment was not presently the path forward for holding Trump to account.
“We can get the facts to the American people through our investigation,” she told reporters, referring to ongoing fishing expedition of congressional probes.
Democrats hope to extend the investigations through the 2020 election season in order to further the drip of dubious post-Russia narratives that will deflate Trump’s agenda and counter the booming economy that might otherwise coast him to re-election.
“It may take us to a place that is unavoidable in terms of impeachment or not,” Pelosi claimed, without evidence, “but we’re not at that place.”
Trump, however, has grown increasingly annoyed with the probes, particularly after the Mueller Report revealed no Russian collusion and appeared to have been orchestrated, in part at least, by corrupt operatives within the Democratic party and Obama government.
He has vowed not to cooperate with an onslaught of invasive, partisan motivated subpoena requests into his personal affairs, contending that they have no bearing on the legislative matters that Congress is charged with overseeing.
Democrats have pressed on, holding Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress and threatening jail time, while moving to withhold the pay of White House staffers who refuse to cooperate.
Pelosi accused the president of a “cover up” shortly before a scheduled bipartisan meeting on infrastructure Wednesday.
After canceling the meeting with Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, Trump said that cooperation on legislative issues would not be possible while the House was continuing its games.
“The Democrats are getting nothing done in Congress,” Trump wrote on Twitter Thursday. “… It is not possible for them to investigate and legislate at the same time.”
Increasingly, partisan Democrats—even those in vulnerable, conservative districts, have been veering closer toward the impeachment push being led by radicals in the party’s far Left.
Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., became the first to support the effort from the right this week as well, saying other Republicans privately agreed with him.
But there are concerns the impeachment tactic could backfire, energizing Trump’s base ahead of the election.
On Thursday, Pelosi reaffirmed her claim that Trump is engaged in a “cover-up” related to alleged efforts to obstruct justice regarding the special counsel’s probe of Moscow’s election interference and Trump’s connections with Russia, but she cautioned that “impeachment is a very divisive place to go in our country.”
“The House Democratic caucus is not on a path to impeachment—and that’s where he wants us to be,” she said.
“The white House is just crying out for impeachment,” Pelosi added.
Liberty Headlines’ Ben Sellers contributed to this article.
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