What do you call an impeachment process that’s doomed from the start by electoral math, and a lack of bipartisan and public support?
A desperate mess in which the key players are still debating what to impeach President Trump for. The problem with a witch hunt or a lynch mob is that once you round one up, it’s hard to make it stop in any kind of reasonable place.
Sure there’s Ukraine. But what about bringing back the Mueller that won’t hunt?
House Democrats are debating whether to expand articles of impeachment to include charges beyond abuse of power in the Ukraine controversy, setting up a potential internal clash as the party races to impeach President Trump by Christmastime.
All I want for Christmas… is impeachment?
Members of the House Judiciary Committee and other more liberal-minded lawmakers and congressional aides have been privately discussing the possibility of drafting articles that include obstruction of justice or other “high crimes” they believe are clearly outlined in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report — or allegations that Trump has used his office to benefit his bottom line.
And don’t forget the stuff that the Dems made up.
And many of the committee members are hoping articles will refer to and cite their own months-long investigation into the Mueller report, which described 10 possible instances of obstruction by the president.
An investigation into an investigation?
In no way shape or form, will this end up being too confusing for anyone to make any sense of, thus diffusing the focus of impeachment.
And then there’s the great Trump hotel conspiracy.
Beyond the obstruction depicted in the Mueller report, some Democrats also want to include charges against Trump for using his office for self-enrichment. The president’s unorthodox decision not to divest himself from his business means he has benefited financially each time a foreign government — or even a U.S. government official like Vice President Pence — stays at one of his worldwide resorts. However, other Democrats have pushed back on adding emoluments violations to articles, arguing that the evidence is not there to support such an indictment.
An impeachment theory based on the idea that Trump closely monitors who stays in all his hotels, and hands out benefits appropriately, without a shred of evidence or plausibility ought to be interesting.
“If I’m a betting man, I’d say it’s going to be the narrow approach,” said one senior Democratic aide who spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak frankly. “The political reality is difficult, and I just think it’s embarrassing if we bring five articles of impeachment to the floor and only three pass.”
It’s awkward when you can’t be sure of a party line vote on your own impeachment train wreck.