Published: Wed, March 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Impeaching Donald Trump without public support is doomed, says key Democrat

Impeaching Donald Trump without public support is doomed, says key Democrat

"If you desire to stop me, you but only have to change the rules so that I can't bring a vote on impeachment".

"To me it's not a question of 'whether, ' it's a question of 'when, ' and probably right now is not the right time, but I think at some point it's going to be inevitable", Rep. John Yarmuth told CNN's Erin Burnett on "Erin Burnett OutFront".

The 17-term California Democrat recalled the divisiveness of President Bill Clinton's impeachment, which she said was "horrible for the country", and said she would not be willing to go through that again without "overwhelming and bipartisan" justification.

She added: "And he's just not worth it".

"And I think they've got a very, very hard, uphill battle ahead of them".

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is preparing to submit to U.S. Attorney General William Barr a report on his investigation into whether Trump's 2016 campaign conspired with Russian Federation and whether Trump unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe.

The remarks quickly sparked criticism of Pelosi from liberals on social media. On her first full day in office, Rep. Rashida Tlaib of MI was caught on tape telling supporters it was time to 'impeach the mother******,' in comments pointed at Trump.

Sherman, despite personally believing Trump should be impeached, actually agrees more with Pelosi than Green about voting on the matter. About 48% of adults in the USA said Trump should be impeached, while 40% opposed it, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll published March 8.

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Pelosi and her leadership team were facing pressure on impeachment from as soon as the Democrats took power.

"At the end of the day, there are 239 members of the House Democratic caucus and the overwhelming majority of those members have made clear that we should proceed with caution with respect to impeachment", Jeffries said.

However, Pelosi also accused the president of "disregarding the Constitution of the United States [and] disregarding our commitments to the world in terms of our commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, to Paris climate, to our values".

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy said it was a "smart thing for her to say", but Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, said he doesn't think it's "going to fly" with some of Pelosi's members.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., at the Economic Club in Washington, D.C., on March 8.

"They much prefer to actually focus on winning the next election rather than going for a process which would be seen by a large section of the population as actually an assault on democracy". Green said on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal", "History will judge us all". As long as Republicans assert that they disagree the president should be impeached, the argument is, de facto, over, based on Pelosi's reasoning. "It was unnecessary and the rest", she said. Yet there is an undeniable political and mathematical reality in 2019 that was left unspoken by Pelosi but certainly factored into her thinking.

Pelosi responded: "Are we talking ethically?" By saying impeachment needs to be "bipartisan", she hinders any Democratic arguments that a particular act or crime, past or future, warrants impeachment.

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