And we’re off.
On the very first day of the new Democrat-controlled House of Representatives, California congressman Brad Sherman is introducing a measure to bring articles of impeachment against President Trump. Sherman first brought the measure in 2017, but now that the Democrats have control of the gavel and the power to actually bring legislation like this to a floor vote, many are viewing it as less a political stunt and more as a potential sign of what Democrats plan to do with their newfound power. Democrats will now have to decide – do we want to go on record killing this measure? Do we want to bring it to a floor vote? Do we…actually want to vote against it, knowing how it might irritate our Trump Derangement Syndrome-suffering base?
This could get ugly real quick.
“There is no reason it shouldn’t be before the Congress,” Sherman said. “Every day, Donald Trump shows that leaving the White House would be good for our country. Every member of the House will have to address whether there are formal articles of impeachment pending.”
For her part, soon-to-be House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that while she was not interested in starting the impeachment process right away, she was also not willing to take the possibility off the table. Further, she said that she was not convinced that the Justice Department’s standing guidelines prohibiting the indictment of a sitting president could stand up to scrutiny.
“I do not think that is conclusive,” Pelosi said of the guidelines. “I think that that is an open discussion. I think that is an open discussion in terms of the law.”
As far as impeachment goes, Pelosi said: “We have to wait and see what happens with the Mueller report. 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.”
Of course, Pelosi knows as well as anyone that impeachment is a wholly political gambit, even if there are very good reasons for Congress to take up the cause. In a just world, it should take a violation of nearly-unimaginable proportions for Congress to step in and undo the results of a national election. Certainly, there has been no evidence that Donald Trump has committed any such violation. Don’t make us laugh with that nonsense about campaign finance laws, either.
The Democratic leadership, in the run-up to the midterms, assured voters again and again that they were not going to pursue impeachment. No, that was just the crackpots like Maxine Waters calling for that kind of move. Now that they’re in power, we can already sense the shift.
It could be a long two years.