Democrats have finally begun an official impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. And a big reason for that is that impeachment backers have swayed the most critical ally of all: Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee — one of the House’s key investigative bodies and the one responsible for debating articles of impeachment.
According to Politico, one person is still not sold on impeachment, however: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
Pelosi recently fumed to members of her caucus that the Judiciary Committee is moving too fast and is laying out a roadmap to impeachment without having whipped the votes to do it. “Feel free to leak this,” she said.
Pelosi has made clear that she is not inherently opposed to impeachment, but that she believes it doesn’t make sense in the current political environment. The problem from her perspective is that several key Democratic freshman lawmakers, many of whom were elected to ancestrally GOP suburbs and dethroned powerful incumbents, promised their constituents not to back impeachment — and Pelosi worries that forcing them to go on the record either way about it would jeopardize their re-election, and Democrats’ House majority.
Some caucus members, however, have suggested that Pelosi doesn’t oppose the substance of what Nadler is doing — just the way it’s being sold politically.
“I think the speaker wants to be careful of all the different members of the caucus,” Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chairwoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) told Politico. “She doesn’t always want to use the word ‘impeachment’ but believe me, she signed off on every piece of what has been put forward.”
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) doesn’t believe the disagreement is damaging to Democrats — but said their is certainly daylight between Pelosi and Nadler.
“Nadler is talking about law, Pelosi is talking about politics,” said Raskin. “Nadler is looking at high crimes and misdemeanors, and we are inundated with them in the Judiciary Committee. But Pelosi is looking at the political side of it.”
Democrat Teressa Greenfield leads GOP Sen. Joni Ernst in ‘Gold Standard’ poll of Iowa
The Des Moines Register released their latest polling of Iowa on Saturday.
"Democrat Theresa Greenfield leads Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst by 3 percentage points in a Senate race that appears to be among the most competitive in the country," the newspaper reported. "With just over six weeks to Election Day, the new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll shows Greenfield leading 45% to 42% among likely voters. Another 3% say they would vote for someone else, 2% say they would not vote in the race and 7% are unsure."
Trump promises America we will never see him again if Biden wins
President Donald Trump insisted he would withdraw from public life should he lose the 2020 presidential election.
Trump, who has been a public figure since he started appearing in tabloid stories in the 1980s, made the promise during a campaign rally North Carolina on Saturday.
"If I lose to him, I don't know what I'm going to do," Trump said, in comments that will stoke fears he may try to hold onto power regardless of the will of the voters.
"I will never speak to you again, you'll never see me," he vowed.
Trump was quickly ridiculed for his remarks. Here's some of what people were saying:
Trump threatens to call off 2020 election with executive order saying Biden can’t serve as president
With polls showing President Donald Trump trailing former Vice President Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential campaign, the incumbent appears nervous that he might lose a fair vote.
At a campaign rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina on Saturday, Trump spoke for over 90 minutes.
In addition to vowing he will "fill" the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and accusations that Biden has performance-enhancing drugs injected in his ass, Trump threatened to call off the election by banning Biden from running.