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Kellyanne Conway slams reporter for bringing up her husband in story about chief of staff vacancy; Update: Kellyanne issues statement

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Have we mentioned on the site yet that Kellyanne is reportedly in the running to become the first ever female White House chief of staff?

The same Kellyanne whose husband is now a hero of the so-called Resistance by sh*tting on her boss, the president, on Twitter morning, noon, and night?

For many months Kellyanne has taken issue with reporters questioning her about her husband’s anti-Trump activities, sometimes insisting that it’s a sexist practice. Would a man working in the White House be asked to account for his wife’s political activities?

To which I would say: Uh, yes. If Kellyanne Conway was actually senior White House advisor Ken Conway and Ken’s wife happened to be a well-known corporate lawyer who now spent every waking hour dumping publicly on Trump, I feel like that WTF detail *would* routinely be included in profiles of Ken.

A few days ago reporter Caitlin Yilek of the Washington Examiner wrote a piece about Kellyanne being in the running for chief of staff and dared to mention the factoid that her spouse is now the most outspoken Never Trumper in America. Kellyanne didn’t like it. You can read the transcript of her call today with Yilek but I recommend listening to the audio below to savor the flavor. It’s hard to choose the best part but Conway ending the call by idly threatening to “cover” Yilek’s personal life might be it:

Conway: So, listen, if you’re going to cover my personal life, if you’re going to cover my personal life, then we’re welcome to do the same around here. If it has nothing to do with my job, which it doesn’t, that’s obvious, then we’re either going to expect you to cover everybody’s personal life or we’re going to start covering them over here.

Although actually I think this part is the newsiest:

Conway: Um, yes, so, always, right, exactly. You’re really going places. Let me tell you something, from a powerful woman. Don’t pull the crap where you’re trying to undercut another woman based on who she’s married to. He gets his power through me, if you haven’t noticed. Not the other way around. And if these are the, quote, standards, unquote, at the Washington Examiner, then yes, I’d be happy to talk to your editor. But I’ve known your editor since before you were born. So, I can call your editor either way. I’m just trying to give you a chance to explain why you think what you wrote qualifies as breaking news or reporting.

It’s true that George gets much of his media “power” from her. He has the giant following that he does on Twitter because of the fascination inherent in watching the spouse of one of the president’s top advisors tweet himself into a frenzy about POTUS every day. But George does have some “power” of his own. He’s not just a filthy-rich and successful attorney, he’s one of the guys who helped get the Federalist Society off the ground in the 1980s when he founded the chapter at Yale. He has many friends in the top strata of conservative legal circles to this day. Him attacking Trump is part of the “Reaganite GOP vs. Trumpist GOP” tensions that keep recurring in Trump’s presidency. His critiques are hugely amplified because of his marriage to Kellyanne but he’s also independently part of the storyline about how influential right-wing lawyers and judges are or aren’t reconciling themselves to Trump.

I don’t think he liked Kellyanne’s jab about “power” because not long after the Examiner story appeared he tweeted … this:

George tweets about narcissism every day, as it’s become one of his core critiques about Trump. But I, uh, don’t think it’s Trump at whom this particular tweet was aimed. The bit about how he “had seen it without knowing it” previously is — hoo boy.

I want to have Thanksgiving at the Conways’ house this year to take in the mood, but I feel like it’d end up being just me and George eating TV dinners.

Kellyanne has two complaints about the Examiner piece ultimately. One is that this call was supposed to be off the record. You can read the Examiner’s own defense on that point here; essentially, Conway’s aide called Yilek, they agreed that *his* conversation with her should be off the record, then Kellyanne jumped on the line without clarifying that her part of the call was supposed to be off the record too. The Examiner took the lack of clarity as justification to print what Conway said in full. I would have assumed that the “off the record” agreement with the aide meant that everything was off the record, but oh well.

Her other, more substantial complaint is that George’s tweets about Trump simply have no relevance to a story about Kellyanne possibly becoming chief of staff. Trump hasn’t talked or tweeted about George lately, has he? Well, then, why mention George at all? But that’s ridiculous. Kellyanne can pretend all she wants that Trump has completely tuned out George but any boss would weigh harsh daily public criticism by a deputy’s spouse in choosing whether to promote her. If he makes Kellyanne chief of staff, the media will obsess even more about George’s critiques. The sheer engrossing weirdness of the president being savaged nonstop by the husband of his most powerful aide would be irresistible to them. If he elevates Kellyanne, he’ll inadvertently elevate George too. It’s perfectly correct to say that it’s unfair of George to put her in that position, where her chances of advancing professionally are being held back by his refusal to hold his tongue, but undeniably it’s relevant to stories about Kellyanne being considered for the position. In fact, the Kellyanne/George freak show is really a microcosm of the GOP under Trump: You have one wing of the party that enjoys power and influence because of its proximity to Trump and you have another much smaller and less influential wing that excoriates him relentlessly but attracts an outsized media following because of it. And these two wings are stuck with each other, at least for the moment. Neither one will give so this incredibly awkward marriage stumbles along intact.

Update: And here’s Kellyanne Conway’s response to the Examiner, in which, interestingly, she *doesn’t* claim that she thought the call was off-the-record. Although I suppose claiming that at this point would look bad. Better to take the “nothing to hide” approach.

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Kellyanne: “I’m taking one for the team here…”, fights committee subpoena

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Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser to President Trump, gave a long interview to Fox News Tuesday morning. She came in hot and didn’t slow down long enough to cool off. The interview stretched to seven and a half minutes.

Talking to FNC anchors Bill Hemmer and Sandra Smith, not only did Kellyanne directly respond to the press conference given by AOC’s Squad Monday afternoon but she also went into policy initiatives, her time working with President Trump, her visit to the southern border last week, the congressional subpoena she received, and her husband’s op-ed calling President Trump a racist. Whew.

Conway took a hard pass on appearing before the House Oversight Committee Monday on allegations she violated the Hatch Act. Not because she wanted to ignore the subpoena to appear, you see, but because it’s a well-established precedent for senior advisers to presidents, from both parties, to be immune to such subpoenas.

A report from a special counsel found in June that Conway violated the Hatch Act by “disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity during television interviews and on social media,” and recommended she be fired.

Conway said Democrats are “trying to harass and embarrass people closest to the president,” claiming there is a “longstanding bipartisan precedent” that immunity can be claimed by a president’s senior advisers.

“This is about me going on TV and stating facts,” she said.

She said she is just doing her job. “I’m taking one for the team.” She’s also said she has done nothing wrong.

On the president’s tweets about Americans going back to their countries, aimed at the Squad, Conway let it rip. She noted that the four women at that press conference Monday afternoon – AOC and Reps. Tlaib, Pressley, and Omar – were the only members of the House to vote against the emergency funding for the humanitarian crisis at the southern border. “They have no moral authority to ever talk about the border and the kids and the humanitarian crisis there.” She mentioned that she visited the border last week and was told the additional funding is already helping there.

The usual cries of racism about President Trump from the far left ideologues are “getting tired”, she said. It is not just the Squad, either, that is tiresome. It is also all those who disrespect the American flag by not reciting the Pledge of Allegiance or taking a knee, and those who tear down the American flag in protest only to replace it with a Mexican flag.

“It’s always racism, sexism and xenophobia and it’s getting tired,” said Conway, adding the so-called “Squad” has “done squat in Congress.”

She said the White House is tired of the “disrespect” shown to America by some on the left, including those who don’t respect the military or the flag. Conway claimed the media refuses to call out the progressive members for their extreme views.

“Where is the press? Stop falling down on the job. Stop being so afraid of and so adoring of four people who got here a few months ago,” said Conway.

Conway asked a question that many Americans ask – “Why the hell can’t we call out anti-Semitism?” – of the Democrats. “We are sick and tired of many people.”

Kellyanne is right about Trump’s critics being tiresome. It’s their right to exert their freedom of speech but it does get old. They make their attacks personal instead of offering solutions. Trump isn’t going to stop punching back when they go personal over a policy decision. Calling President Trump and ICE, as well as Border Patrol agents “racist” because they don’t agree with immigration laws and policy only adds fuel to the Twitter wars. The anti-Semitic tweets and remarks disqualify them from complaining about anyone else’s behavior. She said she has worked at the side of the president for three years and doesn’t see him as a racist.

Asked about her husband’s op-ed in the Washington Post declaring Trump as a racist, she said, “I totally disagree”.

“I work with this president. I know his heart, I know his actions, I know how much he has helped people of color and I go by what people do, not by what other people say about them,” she argued, downplaying the difference of opinion with her spouse.

George Conway’s Twitter feed includes a retweet of an op-ed from my city paper’s liberal editorial board.

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Twitter taunts : George Conway calls President Trump “mentally unwell”

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Mr. Kellyanne is at it again. George Conway is questioning the mental health of President Trump. Conway responded Sunday to a tweet posted by Trump and it all went downhill from there.

It appears that Conway was triggered by a tweet from Trump admitting that it is not “presidential” to slam the media and then he went on to do just that. The president knows it isn’t polite behavior but he doesn’t have time to worry about that. He believes that if he ignores the overwhelmingly unfavorable press coverage of his presidency, he plays a part in allowing it to continue. He punches back.

Conway responded that not only is it not presidential behavior but if Trump was a private citizen in the business world, he would be fired for his conduct.

George Conway isn’t just any old troll on Twitter. He’s the husband of Kellyanne Conway, an adviser to President Trump and the first woman to be the campaign manager of a winning presidential campaign. Mr. Conway, according to his wife, was a big Trump supporter during the campaign and early days in the administration. It was even reported that he was up for a job in the Department of Justice. Somewhere along the way he snapped and went full-on Trump deranged. I cannot imagine how stressful his behavior in social media must be for Kellyanne.

Glancing at George Conway’s Twitter timeline, it is worth mentioning that he is promoting books written about President Trump’s mental health. We’ve been down this road before, though. Remember when it began and some mental health professionals chose to risk their professional reputations in favor of claiming President Trump is unfit to hold his office? It was a call for implementation of the 25th Amendment.

On May 31, USA Today ran an opinion piece calling for the impeachment of President Trump on grounds of not carrying out his duties as president. The author was clearly upset that Trump didn’t passively allow Speaker Pelosi to accuse him of a cover-up, as it related to the Mueller report. Since the Mueller report didn’t provide the smoking gun that Democrats hoped for, now the call for impeachment is reaching back to the argument about the president’s mental health.

Congressional Democrats are planning an event to spotlight their claims of President Trump’s deteriorating mental health. Dr. Bandy Lee, a Yale School of Medicine psychiatrist is the author of one of the books speculating on Trump’s mental fitness. It is reported that Dr. Lee will lead the event, despite the fact that professional psychiatric associations have condemned diagnosing anyone, including the President of the United States without actually doing the work of diagnoising a patient in person.

“The president’s condition has been visibly deteriorating to the point where there’s a lot of talk right now about his mental state beyond mental health professionals,” Lee said. “It no longer takes a mental health professional to recognize the seriousness of the current presidency.”

The date for the town hall hasn’t been set but would be held “imminently soon within the next couple of weeks,” said Lee, who said the event was meant to be bipartisan. Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., who has called for Trump’s impeachment, confirmed the event was in the works, but said it would be more likely to occur in July because lawmakers have a full plate in June with spending bills.

“We’re planning to put together an event,” Yarmuth said. “She’s calling it a town hall. We haven’t actually determined the format, but it’s going to be an event where she is going to present her findings, and media will be invited.”

Of course the media will be invited. That’s the whole point of this kind of public display. It’s all a show to ramp up their base.

In April Dr. Lee called for limitations to President Trump’s access to nuclear codes and his war powers when he didn’t succumb to her demands calling for a mental health assessment. And she uses the Democrat talking point that Trump’s unfitness of office creates a “national emergency”.

In April, Lee and other psychiatrists wrote a report using the former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian election interference to make an assessment about the president’s mental health. They at first refrained from issuing a conclusion and gave Trump three weeks to undergo an evaluation. After they didn’t hear back, they released a conclusion that Trump “lacks mental basic mental capacity for duties of office” and recommended his access to nuclear weapons and war powers be curtailed.

“Our concern is that the dangers be contained — the dangers of having a president who lacks the mental capacity, lacks the fitness to discharge his duties of office for the remainder of his term,” Lee said. “I mean, this is really a national emergency.”

This is the new playbook for Democrats and their cohorts. In this case, some mental health professionals have lined up in favor of overturning a national election in favor of impeachment because President Trump will not simply resign and go away.

A former speechwriter for Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch chimed in on Twitter, too. When all else fails, just claim President Trump is publicly exhibiting poor mental health.

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Say what? George Conway on Hillary: “I’m with her”

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Just last week, George Conway (Mr. Kellyanne) publicly called for the impeachment of President Trump. You’d think that calling for the impeachment of his wife’s boss, the leader of the free world, would be the height of political marital discord, but, no. He’s topped himself.

As you know, failed 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton penned an op-ed on her thoughts about the Mueller report. While conservatives rightly called into question her sanity or at the very least her self-awareness, she was, in fact, “not the right messenger.” In response, George Conway said, hold my beer.

George Conway, who has made a name for himself as an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, praised the 2016 presidential candidate on Twitter and highlighted a portion from her op-ed, where she acknowledged that some may say she’s “not the right messenger.”

“Perhaps so. Probably so. But if she’s with the Constitution, I’m with her,” Conway tweeted.

Wow. Talk about a punch to her gut. Or a knife in her back. Kellyanne’s husband used Hillary’s campaign slogan to support her op-ed. She was Trump’s campaign manager for the last part of the campaign. He couched the harshness with the words “if she’s with the Constitution” but, still. It’s the “I’m with her” that sticks.

Just last month Conway accused Trump of being a pathological liar. Tuesday he signed on to a statement from Checks and Balances. A group of conservative and libertarian lawyers has banded together in pursuit of truth, justice, and the American Way, or something, to create Checks and Balances. Most importantly, they don’t like the Orange Man sitting in the Oval Office. From their bios, most are Bushies. Giving a nod to the longstanding legal opinion that a president cannot be indicted while in office, the group praises Mueller and his team’s work. Like Hillary, they call for more investigations, especially on the claims of obstruction listed in the Mueller report. They say Trump has violated his oath of office and the report proves he is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors.

The report further revealed a pattern of behavior that is starkly inconsistent with the President’s constitutional duty to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” The Special Counsel’s investigation was conducted lawfully, and under longstanding Attorney General guidelines. The facts contained in the report reveal that the President engaged in persistent conduct intended to derail, undermine and obstruct ongoing federal investigations. In light of the longstanding Department of Justice legal opinion that a sitting President cannot be indicted, we view it as irrelevant whether there is a prosecutorial recommendation that the crime of obstruction has been committed. Instead, we believe that the President’s conduct demonstrates a flagrant disregard for the rule of law — a disregard that is in direct conflict with his constitutional responsibilities, including his commitment under oath to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Information in the report also reveals that the President is willing to abuse presidential authority to pressure or remove Senate-confirmed officials for purposes that undermine lawful functioning of government and to direct subordinates to falsify the record on matters he knew were or likely were under investigation. The report’s details add to an existing body of information already in the public domain documenting the President’s violations of his oath, including but not limited to his denigration of the free press, verbal attacks on members of the judiciary, encouragement of law enforcement officers to violate the law, and incessant lying to the American people. We believe the framers of the Constitution would have viewed the totality of this conduct as evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors. Accordingly, Congress, which carries its own constitutional oversight responsibilities, should conduct further investigation.

Are you not entertained? There’s more. Thursday Conway upped his Twitter bombast and labeled Trump #DerangedDonald. The hashtag is trending on Twitter as I write this. Early Thursday morning from New Jersey, Conway went on a tear and the Deranged Donald nickname was an instant hit with other NeverTrumpers and Democrats.

As many of us shake our heads and ponder what life in Casa Conway must be like around dinnertime or during family gatherings, I feel for the kids. The Conways have four, the oldest being the twins who are now fourteen, the youngest is nine years old. I cannot imagine the awkwardness they must feel around classmates. Conway was up for a job in the Justice Department but withdrew his name, according to Kellyanne. She says he was a big Trump supporter and was elated on election night. It’s unclear exactly what made him snap but his discontent with Trump and the administration is out there for all to see. Even the kids.

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Conway: It’s time to impeach Trump

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Which Conway? Come on, man. The Kellyanne-George public war over Donald Trump reached its zenith — so far, anyway — with the latter’s call to remove his wife’s boss from office. Writing in the Washington Post today, George Conway urges Congress to impeach Trump even though Robert Mueller found no collusion with Russia and declined to reach a conclusion on obstruction:

Still, the special counsel’s report is damning. Mueller couldn’t say, with any “confidence,” that the president of the United States is not a criminal. He said, stunningly, that “if we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state.” Mueller did not so state.

That’s especially damning because the ultimate issue shouldn’t be — and isn’t — whether the president committed a criminal act. As I wrote not long ago, Americans should expect far more than merely that their president not be provably a criminal. In fact, the Constitution demands it. …

The Constitution provides for impeachment and removal from office for “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” But the history and context of the phrase “high Crimes and Misdemeanors” makes clear that not every statutory crime is impeachable, and not every impeachable offense need be criminal. As Charles L. Black Jr. put it in a seminal pamphlet on impeachment in 1974, “assaults on the integrity of the processes of government” count as impeachable, even if they are not criminal.

And presidential attempts to abuse power by putting personal interests above the nation’s can surely be impeachable. The president may have the raw constitutional power to, say, squelch an investigation or to pardon a close associate. But if he does so not to serve the public interest, but to serve his own, he surely could be removed from office, even if he has not committed a criminal act.

Conway goes on to compare Trump to Nixon unfavorably, but stumbles over the comparison by leaving out significant information. Nixon’s “aides were the driving force behind the obstruction,” Conway asserts, leaving Nixon to be “mostly passive.” Conway acknowledges that Mueller found no underlying crime for obstruction — which isn’t necessarily a defense — but for some reason disparages the fact that Nixon’s case did have an underlying crime.

The underlying crime in Watergate was a clumsy, third-rate burglary in an election campaign that turned out to be a landslide.

Yes, but it wasn’t just any clumsy third-rate burglary — they were burglarizing the offices of the opposition party as part of their re-election effort. Nixon and/or his aides then used the power of the federal government to cover up that crime, which Nixon knew about and at the least did nothing to stop. In that case we have an actual crime that went to the heart of an election and an official conspiracy to keep it from getting tied back to Nixon and his campaign. There were more serious allegations than Conway credits in the Articles of Impeachment against Nixon, including attempts to use the IRS against his political enemies, misuse of the FBI and Secret Service for political surveillance, and his Saturday Night Massacre in firing multiple officials, including independent prosecutor Archibald Cox, to derail the Watergate investigation.

And if no underlying crime isn’t a defense against obstruction, I’m pretty confident that “a landslide” isn’t a defense against burglary, either.

Why underreport Nixon’s crimes? Conway wants to draw a tilted comparison to Trump to bolster his argument. Ignoring and downplaying the corruption of Watergate only makes Conway’s argument look more threadbare, however. Since he’s the one using Watergate as a measuring stick, the actual Articles of Impeachment — and their bipartisan support — shows how far short a Trump impeachment effort falls of that metric.

At the moment, this still looks like no sale with Democrats, as Politico notes:

But while Conway was clear in his call for Congress to impeach Trump, Democrats have continued to tread lightly on the issue. Democrats in the House have pledged to continue their bevy of investigations into Trump, with some arguing that Mueller’s findings on obstruction serve as a road map of sorts for them. Others have concluded Mueller intended to leave the question of obstruction up to Congress, but party leaders have notably stopped short of saying they’ll pursue impeachment.

Without a smoking gun in Mueller’s 448-page report, it will be nearly impossible to reach a widespread bipartisan consensus on the issue, a prerequisite that top Democrats have laid out multiple times. Still, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday signaled some sort of action, writing to her caucus that “Congress will not be silent.”

Impeachment is going nowhere, now that it’s clear that the Trump campaign didn’t collude with Russia and the 2016 election was on the level. They’ll continue to harass him with investigations, but most of that effort will be aimed at helping out their 2020 nominee with some oppo research. (The rest of that effort will be aimed at self-promotion by the committee chairs.)

The big question is no longer whether Congress will impeach Trump. It’s which Conway plans to impeach the other.

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Conway: It’s time to impeach Trump

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Which Conway? Come on, man. The Kellyanne-George public war over Donald Trump reached its zenith — so far, anyway — with the latter’s call to remove his wife’s boss from office. Writing in the Washington Post today, George Conway urges Congress to impeach Trump even though Robert Mueller found no collusion with Russia and declined to reach a conclusion on obstruction:

Still, the special counsel’s report is damning. Mueller couldn’t say, with any “confidence,” that the president of the United States is not a criminal. He said, stunningly, that “if we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state.” Mueller did not so state.

That’s especially damning because the ultimate issue shouldn’t be — and isn’t — whether the president committed a criminal act. As I wrote not long ago, Americans should expect far more than merely that their president not be provably a criminal. In fact, the Constitution demands it. …

The Constitution provides for impeachment and removal from office for “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” But the history and context of the phrase “high Crimes and Misdemeanors” makes clear that not every statutory crime is impeachable, and not every impeachable offense need be criminal. As Charles L. Black Jr. put it in a seminal pamphlet on impeachment in 1974, “assaults on the integrity of the processes of government” count as impeachable, even if they are not criminal.

And presidential attempts to abuse power by putting personal interests above the nation’s can surely be impeachable. The president may have the raw constitutional power to, say, squelch an investigation or to pardon a close associate. But if he does so not to serve the public interest, but to serve his own, he surely could be removed from office, even if he has not committed a criminal act.

Conway goes on to compare Trump to Nixon unfavorably, but stumbles over the comparison by leaving out significant information. Nixon’s “aides were the driving force behind the obstruction,” Conway asserts, leaving Nixon to be “mostly passive.” Conway acknowledges that Mueller found no underlying crime for obstruction — which isn’t necessarily a defense — but for some reason disparages the fact that Nixon’s case did have an underlying crime.

The underlying crime in Watergate was a clumsy, third-rate burglary in an election campaign that turned out to be a landslide.

Yes, but it wasn’t just any clumsy third-rate burglary — they were burglarizing the offices of the opposition party as part of their re-election effort. Nixon and/or his aides then used the power of the federal government to cover up that crime, which Nixon knew about and at the least did nothing to stop. In that case we have an actual crime that went to the heart of an election and an official conspiracy to keep it from getting tied back to Nixon and his campaign. There were more serious allegations than Conway credits in the Articles of Impeachment against Nixon, including attempts to use the IRS against his political enemies, misuse of the FBI and Secret Service for political surveillance, and his Saturday Night Massacre in firing multiple officials, including independent prosecutor Archibald Cox, to derail the Watergate investigation.

And if no underlying crime isn’t a defense against obstruction, I’m pretty confident that “a landslide” isn’t a defense against burglary, either.

Why underreport Nixon’s crimes? Conway wants to draw a tilted comparison to Trump to bolster his argument. Ignoring and downplaying the corruption of Watergate only makes Conway’s argument look more threadbare, however. Since he’s the one using Watergate as a measuring stick, the actual Articles of Impeachment — and their bipartisan support — shows how far short a Trump impeachment effort falls of that metric.

At the moment, this still looks like no sale with Democrats, as Politico notes:

But while Conway was clear in his call for Congress to impeach Trump, Democrats have continued to tread lightly on the issue. Democrats in the House have pledged to continue their bevy of investigations into Trump, with some arguing that Mueller’s findings on obstruction serve as a road map of sorts for them. Others have concluded Mueller intended to leave the question of obstruction up to Congress, but party leaders have notably stopped short of saying they’ll pursue impeachment.

Without a smoking gun in Mueller’s 448-page report, it will be nearly impossible to reach a widespread bipartisan consensus on the issue, a prerequisite that top Democrats have laid out multiple times. Still, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday signaled some sort of action, writing to her caucus that “Congress will not be silent.”

Impeachment is going nowhere, now that it’s clear that the Trump campaign didn’t collude with Russia and the 2016 election was on the level. They’ll continue to harass him with investigations, but most of that effort will be aimed at helping out their 2020 nominee with some oppo research. (The rest of that effort will be aimed at self-promotion by the committee chairs.)

The big question is no longer whether Congress will impeach Trump. It’s which Conway plans to impeach the other.

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