Democrats are not yet ready to initiate impeachment proceedings against US President Donald Trump, the party’s congressional leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday, warning that such a course of action would be “very divisive.”
The powerful House speaker, whose high-profile rivalry with Trump spilled into open warfare this week, also said the president himself is “disappointed” that Democrats have not launched formal steps to remove him from office because such a move could fire up his conservative base and help his re-election effort.
But she reiterated her position that impeachment was not presently the path forward for holding Trump to account.
“We can get the facts to the American people through our investigation,” she told reporters, referring to ongoing congressional probes that Trump has resisted.
“It may take us to a place that is unavoidable in terms of impeachment or not, but we’re not at that place.”
Pelosi reaffirmed her charge that Trump is engaged in a “cover-up” related to alleged efforts to obstruct justice regarding the special counsel’s probe of Moscow’s election interference and Trump’s connections with Russia, but she cautioned that “impeachment is a very divisive place to go in our country.”
“The House Democratic caucus is not on a path to impeachment — and that’s where he wants us to be,” the veteran Democrat said.
Several Democratic lawmakers and 2020 presidential contenders are eager to assert constitutionally mandated congressional oversight powers as a check against the executive.
But there are concerns the impeachment tactic could backfire, energizing Trump’s base ahead of the election.
“The White House is just crying out for impeachment,” Pelosi added.
The speaker also repeated her concern that Trump on Wednesday walked away from negotiations aimed at concluding a trillion-dollar infrastructure plan because he could not deal with Democrats on policy until “phony investigations” are brought to a close.
Trump weighed into that debate again early Thursday in a series of tweets.
“The Democrats are getting nothing done in Congress,” Trump wrote.
“It is not possible for them to investigate and legislate at the same time” because Democrats are focused on a “fishing expedition” regarding the Russia report, he added.
Doctor fighting fraud charge cites Donald Trump in his defense of doling out COVID-19 drug
As President Donald Trump promoted the drug hydroxychloroquine, one California doctor took his recommendations to the bank.
According to the San Diego Tribune, Dr. Jennings Staley is being charged in what appears to be the first case involving the drug. The FBI is charing Staley with mail fraud as part of an effort hailing hydroxychloroquine as a "miracle cure" and the "magic bullet" to an undercover agent posing as a patient, court documents say.
The few police willing to join in solidarity with protesters
Reports of the protests across the country are focusing on the violence, clashes and property damage caused by a small few rather than the peaceful protest of those rallying against injustice and the police standing in solidarity with them.
A few captured positive moments of cities where officers support the protests and believe Black lives do actually matter.
There were moments of protesters fist-bumping police, hugs with police, and in one incident in New York City over the weekend, one officer was separated from his unit. Protesters surrounded him with locked arms to protect him from those being violent. In Miami, Florida and Seattle, Washington, police joined protesters in kneeling.
Trump shows all the signs of being ‘rattled’ now that the White House is under siege from protesters: columnist
In a column for the Atlantic, longtime political observer Peter Nicholas stated that Donald Trump is showing all the signs of a scared man as massive protests have broken out across the country over the murder of George Floyd at the hands of four former Minneapolis cops -- and angry Americans are taking their case all the way up to the White House gates.
As Nicholas wrote, "Presidents live within a protective cocoon built and continually fortified for one purpose: keeping them alive. But inside the White House compound these days, Donald Trump seems rattled by what’s transpiring outside the windows of his historic residence."