The Democrats though they had a clear path to impeachment. Not on the legal side, but on the political side. Impeachment was meant to damage Trump politically, boost Democrats, and simplify the pathways of Biden/Warren/Sanders/Whatever to victory in 2020.
And then the polls definitively turned against impeachment and for Trump.
The numbers showed most Americans opposed impeachment and supported Trump against the likely Dem candidates. And Pelosi and House Dems reacted like beheaded chickens. They rushed into an impeachment vote, compromising vulnerable red district House members, and then refused to turn over the articles that they had voted on to the Senate, claiming that Republicans were unfair.
What’s the House brain trust doing after taking its own impeachment hostage? Looking for more impeachment articles.
The House Judiciary Committee held open the possibility Monday of recommending additional articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump as it pressed anew for the testimony of former White House counsel Don McGahn.
In a court filing Monday, lawyers for the committee said McGahn’s testimony remains essential even though the House has already voted to impeach Trump on two charges related to his interactions with Ukraine rather than on actions uncovered during Mueller’s Russia probe.
“If McGahn’s testimony produces new evidence supporting the conclusion that President Trump committed impeachable offenses that are not covered by the Articles approved by the House, the Committee will proceed accordingly — including, if necessary, by considering whether to recommend new articles of impeachment,” lawyers for the Democratic-led committee wrote.
Dumpster diving at year’s end is sad.
Do the Dems really believe that more impeachment articles will turn this around? People have made up their minds. Most polls show that as well. Dragging this circus out is not going to help the Democrats. It’s only going to hurt them some more.
And then there’s this howler.
The committee also said McGahn’s testimony is important for the committee’s oversight role of the FBI and the Justice Department, “including in determining whether those agencies are operating free from improper political interference.”
That’s the fox watching the hen house.