House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler are at odds.
Pelosi doesn’t want to impeach Donald Trump; Nadler wants to proceed now with impeachment.
It looks as though Nadler is winning this argument. He appears to have commenced what has been called an “impeachment inquiry.” That means ostensibly that the Democratic caucus is going to examine whether to launch a full impeachment proceeding against Trump. They think they have the goods. Maybe they do.
But wait a second. If the House decides it has enough to impeach Trump over obstruction of justice in connection with the Russian hack of our 2016 election, then the bar gets really high.
A House impeachment is the easy part. Democrats need a simple majority to impeach. Then the Senate gets to put the president on trial. They need 67 (out of 100) votes to convict the president. The GOP occupies 53 Senate seats. They are as firmly in Trump’s corner as Democrats are as firmly intent on giving him the boot.
An impeachment “inquiry” looks to me like an exercise in futility for those who want to remove the president from office.
I personally don’t think it’s enough just to say Donald Trump has been impeached. I want him out of office, too. Impeachment, though, isn’t going to do the job.
Unless someone drops a serious bomb that persuades Republicans they are standing with a crook.