You don’t say.
Courtesy of the LA Times:
Last week, no fewer than six committees of the House of Representatives were investigating potential grounds for impeaching Donald Trump as president of the United States.
They don’t use the word “impeachment.” Their instructions from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) are to describe their work in narrower, less inflammatory terms.
But the question is never far away: Does Trump’s record of norm-busting, rule-bending and apparent law-breaking, from conflicts of interest to murky connections with foreign governments, justify removing him from office?
“We have to see what the facts are,” Pelosi said recently. “We shouldn’t be impeaching for a political reason, and we shouldn’t avoid impeachment for a political reason. So we’ll just have to see how it comes.”
Call this phase “pre-impeachment.” Pelosi and her committee chairs, all Democrats, are doing what they need to do to make impeaching Trump possible.
The speaker and her allies describe a two-step process before any impeachment can succeed.
Step one is gathering conclusive evidence of misconduct — high crimes and misdemeanors, the Constitution says — serious enough to warrant articles of impeachment. That may be the easy part.
Step two would be convincing the public that impeachment is warranted and building bipartisan support in Congress, especially in the Republican-controlled Senate. That’s tougher.
The only way that the Democrats will pull the trigger on impeachment is if they were guaranteed to have Republicans sign on as well, and at this point, that seems highly unlikely.
They do have some reason to hope however and that is if one of these congressional investigations unearths scandalous information which makes Trump’s presidency untenable, or if the Mueller report reveals evidence that simply demands impeachment proceedings.
If one of those two things happens the Republicans in Washington will have to decide how they want to be remembered by the history books, not to mention how their constituents might judge them on election day.