Since Special Counsel Robert Mueller was brought in to investigate Donald Trump, the hopes and dreams of most Democrats were pinned on Mueller finding enough evidence for Congress to begin impeachment proceedings.
What ended up happening, was Mueller’s report didn’t charge Trump with anything, which was a HUGE disappointment. However, Muller did come out later and basically said in a news conference had Trump not been president, he’d be indicted.
Mueller was suppose to be the white knight coming in to save the country and quite frankly, he left it up to Attorney General Robert Barr and Congress to decide.
We know where Barr stands, he is busy protecting Trump and just got charged with contempt of Congress, which may or may not lead to jail time for him.
Mueller did find that Trump tried to obstruct justice several times, but the puzzling thing is why didn’t Mueller indict him? The only reason is that Mueller tried to follow the rule of law by not indicting a sitting president, although, it was clear that he was hoping that Congress would catch the hint and do it for him.
Trump doesn’t want Robert Mueller or Don McGahn to testify before Congress. He doesn’t want his taxes released. He doesn’t want Deutsche Bank or Capital One to release anything about his transactions. Why? Because they will all reveal he is a stone cold felon.
— Tony Schwartz (@tonyschwartz) May 5, 2019
But should they? Forget the argument on whether or not there is enough to convict Trump, the real question is, would impeachment be a waste of time?
Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, seems to think so at least in public. Personally, I think Pelosi is putting on an act for Trump and the Republicans to put them at ease, while the Democrats continue to investigate Trump.
Some Democrats are ticked that Pelosi refuses to impeach Trump, but let’s be honest about this, even if they did, the Republican lead Senate would not impeach Trump.
I imagine Pelosi having this conversation with other Democrats in private saying “I want that bastard as much as you do, but we don’t have a smoking gun to convict him.” They had that smoking gun in Watergate-they had tapes.
If Dems insist on impeachment without broad popular support, they risk losing or creating an election so tight that Trump literally will refuse to leave office.
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That’s the problem. It’s not that the Democrats can’t impeach Trump, they know the Republicans won’t unless there is concrete proof of Trump saying or doing something on tape as evidence.
Even though however, Trump continues to dig a hole for himself each day with the comments he makes such as what he told ABC News about receiving help on winning the 2020 election.
Trump told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos that he would accept information on his 2020 opponent if it was offered by foreign operatives and would not alert the FBI.
“It’s not an interference. They have information. I think I’d take it,” Trump said.
Even with that being said, Pelosi still refuses to commit on whether or not she will make a move on Trump towards impeaching him.
“Not any one issue is going to trigger, ‘Oh, now we’ll go do this,’” Pelosi told reporters when asked whether Trump’s remarks were enough to push the top House Democrat — who has strongly resisted an impeachment fight — over the edge.”
One has to wonder however, how long can Pelosi hold out before she has no choice but to change her mind. Most of the front runners for the Democratic nomination all think that Trump should be impeached and have been very outspoken about all of this.
Both Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders repeated their calls for impeachment.
“The Mueller report made it clear: A foreign government attacked our 2016 elections to support Trump, Trump welcomed that help, and Trump obstructed the investigation,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), tweeted late Wednesday. “Now, he said he’d do it all over again. It’s time to impeach Donald Trump.
“The House should immediately begin impeachment inquiries,” Sanders tweeted.
So, their only strategy at least for now, is to play the long game. Drag Trump and his cronies through the mud for the next 18 months until the 2020 election and let the American public decide if they want four more years of this circus. Trump may not have technically done nothing wrong, but it wasn’t from a lack of trying.
Listen, the goal of Donald Trump is for all of this to just go away, the goal of the Democrats is to make sure it doesn’t go away and that the public doesn’t forget either.