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Nancy Pelosi Runs Away Terrified to Vote on Impeachment

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during her weekly media availability on Capitol Hill, Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

During the debate last night, we got a bit of other news.

There’s been lots of talk of going on record and voting to authorize an impeachment inquiry. This is necessary because without such a vote, what’s going on now is not actually an impeachment inquiry at all.

In that environment, we’ve seen Adam Schiff conduct the most partisan scam of an investigation in modern Congressional history. Not even during Watergate did the majority deny the minority the rights that are currently being denied. During the Clinton impeachment investigation, which was actually voted on, Republicans gave Democrats full subpoena power and the ability to cross-examine every witness. Right now, with the help of a compliant media, Schiff and company are going so far as to even deny access to hearings by Judiciary Committee members, which is the committee impeachment is supposed to run through.

It appears that game is going to continue because Nancy Pelosi is once again running scared from any possible vote.

Of course, they are and the reason is obvious – They have nothing.

The reality of the situation is that we have a transcript that’s already been released, which shows behavior you could argue isn’t proper, but obviously shows nothing impeachable. There was no threat made, no mention of aid, and no pressure applied to investigate Biden. The matter was brought up for what amounted to a few seconds and the President never pushed the issue, even if you think he shouldn’t have mentioned it at all.

What we are left with is Schiff rotating through “witnesses” to testify on their feelings over the matter. But again, we have the transcript. There’s nothing these people can say that changes the words on the page.

Republicans should keep demanding a vote. No doubt the media will keep obfuscating and misleading, but that’s not an excuse to lay back on this. Further, given the behavior of Schiff and the way he’s selectively leaking damaging information, I’m all for Republicans playing the same game. Start putting out there what’s being said. There’s nothing to stop a GOP committee member from reading some of these testimonies into the record publicly. If Democrats aren’t going to play by normal rules and procedures, Republicans shouldn’t either.

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Bourbon On The Rocks: Nancy Pelosi Blinked #851

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Pelosi: On second thought, we’re not ready to hold a full House vote authorizing impeachment inquiry

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Joe Biden’s not the only Democrat with a coherence problem. Yesterday, Nancy Pelosi called a special press conference for what appeared to be a big announcement just before the fourth official DNC presidential primary debate. Many assumed that meant a dramatic change in the status quo, most likely a decision to proceed with a formal full-House authorization for an impeachment inquiry.

Instead, Pelosi announced that no changes were necessary, and it only got stranger from there:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced after meeting with the House Democratic caucus on Tuesday that there will be no vote — at least for now — on the launch of formal impeachment proceedings against President Trump.

“There’s no requirement that we have a vote, and so at this time we will not be having a vote,” Pelosi said. “We’re not here to call bluffs — we’re here to find the truth, to uphold the Constitution of the United States. This is not a game for us. This is deadly serious.”

So why hold the press conference at all? Talk about a letdown. Pelosi kept reporters tied up for hours past their deadline only to deliver a self-serving speech and tell them all that there was no news to report after all. According to some reports, Pelosi had thought that her caucus would authorize a vote and so she set up the presser, only to come up empty.

It’s true that there’s no requirement for a vote, but every precedent in House impeachments had an authorizing vote before opening an inquiry. The federal judges on whom Pelosi & Co rely to enforce subpoenas are openly questioning whether the House can claim to be pursuing an impeachment without an authorizing vote. Even the Los Angeles Times, which is busy cheerleading the impeachment, responded this morning by telling Pelosi to do it right:

President Trump can be expected to denounce the House’s impeachment inquiry as a “witch hunt” or a “coup” attempt no matter how fair and transparent the process is. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi still needs to shore up the credibility of the fast-moving investigation by having the entire House vote to authorize it and by insisting that witnesses now speaking to investigators in private testify as soon as possible in public. …

Political calculation aside, a vote on the House floor is overdue, even though — contrary to what Trump’s White House counsel has suggested — the Constitution doesn’t require it. A formal authorization vote would put the imprimatur of the full House onto the inquiry and lay out a clear path forward, blunting the Republicans’ overwrought criticisms of the process.

Overwrought? The Times’ editors concede two paragraphs later that GOP criticisms might not be as overwrought as they’d claimed earlier:

Yet the fact that witnesses have testified to the committees behind closed doors has provided Trump and his supporters with another talking point for their claim that the process is rigged. The principal argument for private proceedings is that the committees don‘t want witnesses to be able to alter their stories to conform with other witnesses’ statements — a caution also taken by previous investigations into presidents conducted by special counsels and other independent investigators. But the fact that important portions of testimony have leaked undermines that rationale.

Ya think? Also, it’s worth pointing out that the House isn’t a prosecutorial organization, but a political representative body acting in place of the people. Their processes should be open, transparent, and with full access to all of the elected officials of that body, not just the majority party. Secret meetings and ex parte processes are anathema to representative democracy.

Right now it looks as opaque and confused as, well, Nancy Pelosi’s explanation of what impeachment is about. Pelosi manages to bring up emoluments, Vladimir Putin, the 2016 election (despite Robert Mueller’s declaration of no evidence of collusion) as well as various elements of Ukraine-Gate. Pelosi leaves the impression of a Twitter dilettante who can’t keep up with the threads:

In a head-turning moment, Pelosi told reporters, “All roads seem to lead to Putin with the president” — even though Democrats began their probe because of the president’s actions concerning Ukraine, not Russia.

Ukraine-Gate has very little to do with Putin, except as external pressure that would have added to the intimidation factor of a quid pro quo demand, one which Democrats still can’t substantiate. It’s a non-sequitur in this instance, an a weird one coming from the leader of the House Democratic caucus that wants to go full steam on impeachment. The clip published by ABC News is a 90-second display of the utter incoherence of impeachment, a Democratic Party project that has been searching for a rationalization since November 9, 2016.

“This is not a game for us,” Pelosi insists, while making it very clear that it is a game even while Pelosi can’t quite find her place on the board.

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Rep. Jim Jordan to the MSM: Why Won’t You Ask Democrats These Important Impeachment Questions?

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Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) has been one of the leading Republican voices speaking out against the deceptive tactics House Intel Chair Adam Schiff and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have been using to conduct the secretive “impeachment inquiry” currently underway in Washington, D.C.

Just last week, Jordan wrote an op/ed that was published in the USA Today slamming Democrats for their use of impeachment as a tool to oust someone from office over political disagreements. He also condemned what he called the “secrecy” of their process.

Here’s some of what he wrote:

Democrats put the nation through three years of the “Russia collusion” hoax, only for those allegations to completely unravel. Democrats have spent the past 10 months embarking on a series of partisan fishing expeditions, all in a concerted effort to take down a duly elected president. Now Democrats are accusing President Trump of orchestrating a quid pro quo to pressure the Ukrainian government.
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When we began to interview people with firsthand knowledge, the Democrats’ narrative fell apart. Ambassador Kurt Volker, the U.S. special envoy to Ukraine, was very clear in his testimony last week: He was aware of no quid pro quo, and the Ukrainian government never raised concerns about a quid pro quo. He testified that the U.S. officials were working at all times in the best interests of the United States and for the success and security of Ukraine.
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President Trump displayed unprecedented transparency by releasing a transcript of his call with a foreign leader. However, the Democrats’ impeachment push is shrouded in secrecy. Americans deserve more. Americans deserve to know exactly how Democrats are misusing their authority to undo the results of the 2016 election.

Jordan, who is the ranking member on the House Oversight and Reform Committee, has continued to bang this drum, and over the weekend he tweeted out a number of questions directed towards Pelosi and Schiff. At the end of his rant, he asked the media why they weren’t asking them these same questions.

Indeed. Why won’t they?

Jordan asked a total of 18 questions. You can read them all in sequence by clicking here.

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NY Times Writer Acknowledges the Existence of a Deep State, But Makes One Key Distinction

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Not even New York Times columnist James B. Stewart can disagree there exists in America an anti-Trump deep state which has worked tirelessly to rid the country of this President. In fact, he’s written a book about it which is aptly titled, “Deep State: Trump, the FBI, and the Rule of Law.”

We’ve been aware of the deep state’s existence for years, but prior to the stunning victory of Donald J. Trump in November of 2016, it had always operated quietly beneath the surface of the Washington establishment. Rocked by the reality of a President Trump, the deep state has come out of the shadows and into the mainstream. Since Trump’s election, it has labored relentlessly and unabashedly to undermine his presidency every step of the way.

Stewart admits that the deep state is alive and well and living in Washington, D.C. However, rather than viewing it as something anti-American or sinister, he believes it’s actually a positive force that’s “protecting the American people and protecting the Constitution.”

He portrays the men, women and institutions of the deep state as saviors of our fragile democratic republic. They are doing a service to the country by trying to rid us of this lawless, thuggish outsider who is destroying America. The fact that Trump won a fair election, accumulating over 300 electoral votes, is not even a consideration.

Stewart appeared on NBC’s “Today Show” last week and spoke to host Savannah Guthrie to promote his new book. The brief clip can be viewed here.

Guthrie says to Stewart, “Deep state is one of those phrases that really wasn’t in our political lexicon until a few years ago with President Trump. And his central allegation is that there are people inside these government agencies actively working against him. What did you find?”

Well, you meet these characters in my book, and the fact is, in a sense, he’s right. There is a deep state…there is a bureaucracy in our country who has pledged to respect the Constitution, respect the rule of law. They do not work for the President. They work for the American people. And, as Comey told me in my book, ‘thank goodness for that,’ because they are protecting the Constitution and the people when individuals – we don’t have a monarch, we don’t have a dictator – they restrain them from crossing the boundaries of law. What Trump calls the deep state in the United States is protecting the American people and protecting the Constitution. It’s a positive thing in this sense.

While it sounds surreal to hear anyone voicing such a farfetched opinion, Stewart sounds as if he really believes in what he’s saying. He truly sees himself and the others fighting to “overthrow” President Trump as the “good guys.” I used to imagine that Democrats knew they were telling lies, but now I think they have all convinced themselves that their perception of events is the truth.

Next, the two discuss how the term “deep state” has become “pejorative.” Stewart explains, “Well, it’s pejorative because of how it was treated in Turkey and Egypt, with a deep state of people who were protecting their own power. What Trump calls the “deep state” in the United States,” according to Stewart, “is protecting the American people and protecting the Constitution. It’s a positive thing in this sense.”

No, actually James the people of the deep state are trying to protect their own power in the same way the Turks and the Egyptians did. It is not their job to second guess or to undermine the President’s lawful orders. Rather, it is their job to implement those orders.

Next Guthrie says, “It always was assumed, fairly or unfairly, that Republicans were the party of law enforcement. And just yesterday on “Meet the Press” you had Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican, saying he doesn’t really trust the FBI, he doesn’t trust the CIA, now he named in particular, individuals, McCabe, Comey, those folks. But what do you think about this larger development that there’s questioning of these very institutions, what does that mean for those institutions?

And Stewart replies:

Well, it’s historically unprecedented and it’s very dangerous. The reason they’re being attacked is the Justice Department and the FBI are independent. For good reasons. They may be called upon to investigate, as they did, the White House. They do not answer to the President, even though he appoints them. And for them to be branded, as Trump has, as traitors, to alienate them, has struck terror into many of these people. Many of the people I have talked to, they’re terrified. They’ve been branded as traitors, the penalty for traitors is the death penalty.

Please! How many times have the Democrats and the media branded Trump as a traitor? Even after the Mueller report came out, former CIA Director John Brennan told Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” that he stands by his earlier statement. He said, “I called [Trump’s] behavior treasonous, which is to betray one’s trust and aid and abet the enemy, and I stand very much by that claim.” President Rep. Eric Swalwell once said Trump was an agent “working on behalf of the Russians.” Let’s not even get started on the comments of Nancy Pelosi or Adam Schiff. It wouldn’t take long to make a list of 100 times a leftist has called Trump an agent of Russia or a traitor.

Asked by Guthrie what the current mood is inside the intelligence agencies, the FBI, now that there are whole groups of people who look at them askance and they say, “Wait a minute, whose side are you on here?,” Stewart responded:

Well, morale has been devastated. I’ve never seen anything like it. I’ve been inside there, it is terrible. These are people who don’t make a whole lot of money but they dedicated themselves to public service, and they were treated like local heroes. Now, there’s a huge faction of the population that thinks they’re the enemy of the people, that they’re traitors, that they’re doing something sinister, that they’re conspiring against the White House. That is unfair, it’s untrue, but it has had a terrible toll on the people there…There’s a lot of damage, it’s gonna be lasting for many years. But it’s something I hope the American people will take into consideration when they decide who to support. How important the  and who is going to be able to restore the integrity of these institutions.

Is it really unfair or untrue? Where were the whistleblowers inside of these organizations when the FBI was submitting unlawful applications based on a bogus, unverified dossier, which the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign paid a foreign spy to produce? And that foreign spy paid other foreigners to provide material they hoped would end Donald Trump’s candidacy or else provide cause to remove him from office in the remote event he might win. All of those with knowledge of this activity who remained silent are guilty.

How important is the rule of law is to this country? It sure wasn’t important to James Comey when he told President-elect Trump in January of 2017 that there was a “salacious and unverified” dossier out there about him, which was the same “Verified” document he presented to the FISA Court just two and a half months earlier as evidence that the FBI needed a warrant to surveil Carter Page.

Nor was it important to Comey when he gave copies of his memos to his law professor friend to leak to the New York Times after he’d been fired in the hopes it would trigger the appointment of a special counsel.

Or when Rod Rosenstein, angry that Trump had portrayed the memo he had written, upon Trump’s insistence, which made the case for Comey’s firing, made his game-changing decision to appoint a special counsel. And not just any special counsel, but the highly partisan, conflicted Robert Mueller.

Once Democrats began to see Trump as a threat to a Hillary Clinton victory, the creatures of the deep state banded together and homed in on Trump like maggots to a corpse. And they have maintained maximum pressure on Trump and his administration on a daily basis ever since.

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Sen. Joni Ernst Piledrives Pelosi After House Speaker Takes Shot at Her Over How Elections Should Be Decided

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CNN asked Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) earlier this week about whether or not she felt Trump acted inappropriately in the July call with Ukrainian president Zelensky. Instead of playing CNN’s “gotcha” games, Ernst took a wait and see approach, stating she needed to see all the facts first when the time comes for the Senate to play their part instead of just relying on (biased) media reports.

Watch:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took issue with Ernt’s comments, and chided Republicans like Ernst for having the audacity to want to see all information first before drawing any definitive conclusions. Here’s what Pelosi tweeted out Thursday:

The irony of Nancy Pelosi talking about how elections should be decided by Americans rubbed Ernst the wrong way, and she absolutely let Pelosi have it:

I believe that was the Iowa equivalent of “bless your heart.”

Ernst is right. Prominent Republicans in the House are making it clear this is a show trial/”clown show” type of impeachment inquiry because they’ve seen more of the evidence and witness testimony, in spite of the fact that they’ve deliberately been excluded from large parts of the process because Pelosi won’t hold an actual floor vote on an inquiry.

Senators don’t have access to all of the same information yet, even though they’ll get their chance soon enough the way everything appears to be going.

Democrats have spent the entirety of Trump’s time in office – and even before he was elected – crafting ways for him to be impeached. They’ve used the threat of impeachment as a political tool to settle their political differences with Republicans and Trump. Impeachment was not meant to be used for that purpose. That’s what elections are for.

Pelosi, who this time around is leading the impeachment effort and who called for the inquiry before the actual transcript of the call between Trump and Zelensky was even released, is the very last person who should be lecturing anyone on how elections should be decided.

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Support for Impeachment Is Exploding but There Are Caveats

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There are several counterpoints to this trend, but let’s just start with the setup and numbers first.

Obviously, we are in the midst of impeachment-mania, where the bureaucracies are leaking things almost hourly to target Trump and the Democrats continue to act super serious without actually having the stones to vote. Then you have the media going absolutely wild, framing everything in the worst light and refusing to even report on counter-evidence.

Is it any surprise while such a frenzy is going on, the American people may be shifting a bit in sentiment?

Take these latest polls for example.

So what does this actually mean? I’m not sure it means much. Again, we are at what is probably the worse point in this cycle for the President. Nearly hourly dumps, while there’s no clear impeachment pursuit, can lead to narratives being built that aren’t necessarily supported by facts.

What exactly is Trump supposedly going to be impeached over? We don’t know because the Democrats won’t tell us. But the chaos of it all is likely grating on voters and that’s always been a danger to Trump.

Of course, another counterfactual is just how questionable the sampling is in that Fox poll.

I mean, it’s possible that party affiliation has changed so much as to allow a 14 point spread between Republicans and Democrats, but I kind of doubt it.

The real question is what this will look like six months from now when the Democrats still haven’t impeached the President, or worse for them, they do and the Senate airs everything they are trying to keep secret, leading to his acquittal.

Eventually, this game Pelosi and Schiff are playing will grow old with the public. You can’t just keep witnesses and evidence under wraps and then say “trust us, we still have to remove the President.” Much like how impeachment support exploded in the early days of the Mueller probe, I expect to see a recession happen as this drags on.

Democrats have painted themselves into a corner. Had they waited to drop this in the summer of 2020, it may have worked to their advantage. But they risk impeachment fatigue and people realizing they don’t have the goods long before public sentiment is settled on who to vote for. The risk that something truly damning could come out still exists, but I’m doubtful we get anything but further muddying of the waters.

The window for impeachment is not a year long. Democrats will have to make their move sooner rather than later and we’ll see what these polls say after that plays out.

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Is the “impeachment inquiry” constitutionally legal? Surprisingly, yes

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It’s an interesting question that’s generated a lot of debate lately. Is there really any such thing as a formal “impeachment inquiry” and can it be initiated by way of the Speaker of the House holding a press conference? Keith E. Whittington at Lawfare digs into the matter and comes up with a surprisingly simple answer. As it turns out, the Constitution says almost nothing about it and without any firm guidelines, the House can do pretty much whatever it wants when it comes to impeachment.

Is it constitutionally acceptable for the House speaker to initiate an impeachment “by means of nothing more than a press conference”? In short, yes.

The constitutional text on this issue is spare. The Constitution simply says that the House has the sole power of impeachment. Ultimately, if the House wants to impeach someone, it needs to muster a simple majority in support of articles of impeachment that can be presented to the Senate. How the House gets there is entirely up to the chamber itself to determine. There is no constitutional requirement that the House take two successful votes on impeachment, one to authorize some kind of inquiry and one to ratify whatever emerges from that inquiry. An impeachment inquiry is not “invalid” because there has been no vote to formally launch it, and any eventual impeachment would not be “invalid” because the process that led to it did not feature a floor vote authorizing a specific inquiry.

So the bottom line appears to be that there’s really no formal definition of anything called an “impeachment inquiry” in the Constitution or anywhere in federal law. But the House, having the “sole power of impeachment” regularly holds hearings and inquiries on all manner of subjects, so impeachment could be something they inquire into. In other words, there’s no such thing as an impeachment inquiry unless the House majority decides there is.

That’s not a terribly satisfactory answer, but it’s about as close as we’re going to get. Of course, that doesn’t answer the underlying question as to whether or not there are grounds for an actual impeachment vote, but again, there are no rules to this game. Impeachment is a unique feature in our Constitution and it exists outside of normal judicial proceedings. Congress makes up the rules as they go until it comes to an actual vote.

Just as the old saying informs us that “you can indict a ham sandwich” if you want to, the House can attempt to impeach a president, a Supreme Court justice or any other eligible official for any reason they like. There doesn’t even have to have been evidence of a law being broken, what with the whole High Crimes and Misdemeanors thing. And it’s looking more and more like the Democrats have painted themselves into a corner and will have to move forward with a vote to impeach Donald Trump for the High Crime of taking part in a phone call with another world leader.

On a related note, the most recent poll from Scott Rasmussen finds that 51% of Democrats now believe that it’s either somewhat likely or very likely that Donald Trump will be removed from office. 27% of independents and 20% of Republicans agree.

Before anyone, including the President, loses too much sleep over this, we should keep one thing in mind. None of this Ukraine insanity appears to have shifted the playing field significantly in terms of Trump’s GOP support in the Senate. They might get a couple of Senators, maybe Collins and Romney for example, to vote against Trump, but that still leaves them miles short of 67 votes. I’m guessing the Democrats want to stretch out this “inquiry” as long as possible to keep the media talking about it nonstop and embed the image into the minds of the public. And so far the cable news networks have been more than happy to comply.

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In Break With Pelosi and Schiff, House Democrat Calls for Floor Vote on Impeachment Inquiry (So Does Beto)

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Ever since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared an impeachment inquiry two weeks ago, she has said in interviews and elsewhere that calling for a floor vote in the U.S. House on the issue was not a Constitutional requirement.

While she’s technically correct, not calling for such a vote gives off the appearance of not having confidence that your caucus will carry through with their stated support of either an inquiry or impeachment itself. It’s also an indicator Pelosi doesn’t want to put some vulnerable House Democrats on the hot seat in a crucial election year.

Plus, as a fired up Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) noted Tuesday, Pelosi’s refusal to do so has hamstrung House Republicans and Trump’s legal team:

… because there has not been a vote to launch an impeachment inquiry, because the minority does not have any rights for subpoenas, because the president doesn’t have the right to have council present to ask questions for subpoena power, to present evidence.

Earlier today, House Democrat John Garamendi broke with fellow California Reps. (and impeachment circus ringleaders) Pelosi and Adam Schiff, telling CNN it’s time to hold a vote on the issue:

“I think it’s time for us to put a vote on the floor, a resolution for the inquiry structured in such a way that it can move forward with full power of the Congress behind it,” Garamendi said in an interview on “CNN Newsroom.”

“That will further strengthen Congress’s hand,” he added.

“They want a fight, OK,” Garamendi said of the White House. “Then let us arm ourselves completely and totally with the full power of Congress.”

According to The Hill, Garamendi “does not serve on any of the main committees leading the impeachment inquiry.” But just in case you think Garamendi might be one of the more tame Democrats in the House, think again. In the same interview, he said those who do not cooperate with the House’ investigation should be carted off to jail.

Garamendi is not the only Democrat who came out today calling for a formal vote on the House floor for an impeachment inquiry. So did 2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke:

“I don’t want to question the speaker’s wisdom and I’m sure she has a very good reason for proceeding in the way that she has,” the 2020 hopeful told MSNBC. “But to your question, I’d love to remove that as a talking point or a reason for the kind of obstruction that you’re seeing from the president.”

MSNBC host Hallie Jackson had asked O’Rourke whether he thought House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., should act to take away the administration’s legal argument for not cooperating with her inquiry.

It’s not really a “talking point” but I wouldn’t expect him to characterize it any other way.

Pelosi should hold that vote on an impeachment inquiry. On one hand, not doing it protects vulnerable incumbents for the time being and gives Republicans and the White House few legal options.
On the other hand, the longer she refuses to, the more it adds credence to Republican and White House claims that this is all nothing but a giant sham a la the Russia collusion hoax.

She’s apparently decided the risk that this will be viewed as a sham over the long term is worth the risk, which is one reason why Pence is traveling this week to key House districts – to remind voters that elections, not impeachment, are how we settle political differences.

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Lindsey Graham Draws Senate Battle Lines Against Pelosi On Impeachment

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Leader of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Lindsey Graham, is making it clear to Democrat leadership that if they attempt to impeach President Donald Trump over his call with Ukraine.

According to The Hill, Graham appeared on “Fox and Friends” and reaffirmed that the GOP doesn’t believe the phone call between Trump and the Ukrainian president was anything impeachable, and that she can forget about Republican support in the Senate:

Graham, in an appearance on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends,” said that he was going to ask other Senate Republicans to sign a letter to Pelosi saying that they “do not believe the transcript of the phone call between the president and the Ukraine is an impeachable offense.”

“They’re about to destroy the nation for no good reason,” Graham said. “And I want Nancy Pelosi to know that Republican senators are not going to impeach this president based on this transcript, so she can stop now before she destroys the country.”

Graham has been making it absolutely clear from day one that the phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had no quid-pro-quo attached to it, and that the Democratic circus surrounding it was a “sham.”

He also said that the whistleblower complaint that began this controversy was all hearsay, and that a president wouldn’t be impached on hearsay as along as he was around.

(Watch: Lindsey Graham Buries Any Hope That Dems Will Impeach Trump On Whistleblower “Sham”)

He later said that to impeach a president over this phone call would be “insane.”

At this time, Democrats are still in their “impeachment inquiry” phase. It seems to be moving rather slowly and despite there being support from Democrats for it, its leadership has seemed more than a little wary on the subject. However, while Democrats are rallying behind the strategy of impeachment, Republicans have been raising millions of dollars off of it.

In fact, only 24 hours after the impeachment announcement, Trump raised $5 million from small donations.

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