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Risky: Red-district Dem comes out in favor of opening impeachment proceedings against Trump

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Not as risky as a member of Trump’s own party endorsing impeachment, but pretty risky. Katie Porter represents CA-45, a district that until last November had gone red in every House election since 1983. It’s in Orange County, traditionally a Republican stronghold. But Trump has changed that: All seven districts in California’s “orange curtain” turned blue in the 2018 midterms, with Porter knocking off incumbent Mimi Walters by four points. Two years before that, the district favored Hillary over Trump by five points. CA-45 has gotten bluer in the Trump era, in other words, but remains plenty red enough to send Porter packing next fall. Especially if local Republicans are galvanized to beat her.

Which is why, I assume, the clip below has the air of a hostage video. Porter knows she’s taking her political life in her hands by waving the impeachment flag in front of righties back home. She’s gambling, I think, that a show of accountability in the form of a video statement will help soothe angry GOPers while inspiring the Democrats who supported her last year. Heidi Heitkamp made the same calculation in the 2018 North Dakota Senate race after voting no on Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, cutting an ad to explain her vote in detail to voters. Accountability! Principle.

She lost that race by 11 points.

This is a problem for Pelosi, notes the Times. She’s been using freshmen like Porter as a way to keep the impeachment fans in her caucus at bay. “It’s fine for liberals from safe blue districts like AOC to be gung ho for impeachment,” she’ll say, “since they’ll pay no price for it at the polls. But what about Katie Porter? If we impeach Trump, all of the Dems from red districts who stole Republican seats last fall will be washed out of office next year, taking the new Democratic majority with them.” Now here’s Porter herself saying, “No, really, go ahead, impeach him.” Will there be more?

The number of House Democrats favoring at least opening an impeachment inquiry now numbers above 60, roughly a fourth of the caucus. Two more liberal Democrats added their names to the impeachment rolls in recent days, as well: Representatives Dan Kildee of Michigan and Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, whose Manhattan district runs alongside that of Representative Jerrold Nadler, the Judiciary Committee chairman.

But so far, only one other freshman Democrat representing a swing district, Representative Tom Malinowski of New Jersey, has endorsed the idea. Representative Harley Rouda of California, whose Orange County district sits near Ms. Porter’s, has said that if the Trump administration does not end its blockade of congressional subpoenas by the end of June, he will follow suit.

It’s a risky play by Porter but a canny one, I think, given the larger political environment in which she operates. She’s just 45 years old and a former law professor who worked for Kamala Harris’s AG office overseeing a mortgage settlement with major banks. She may have her eye on running for state AG herself one day; if she wins that race, governor or senator is within the realm of possibility. To win statewide in California, though, you can’t be a mushy centrist Democrat from Orange County. You need something splashy on your liberal resume to distinguish you from the 500,000 other ambitious young Democratic pols in CA looking to make a name for themselves and advance. Porter’s found her splashy credential here, endearing herself to lefties by endorsing Trump’s impeachment despite the obvious political risk it creates for her next year.

But that risk is itself probably overstated. As noted above, her “red” district broke for Hillary in 2016; Democratic turnout is destined to be sky high again in 2020 to try to dislodge Trump, which will favor Porter downballot. Her impeachment call might even bait Trump into making an appearance in her district (remember how eager the Trumps are to see Justin Amash defeated), which will also goose anti-Trump turnout. Even if it backfires and she ends up losing, she probably figures that she’s destined to lose sooner rather than later anyway given the district’s partisan lean and might as well sacrifice her seat for a cause that’ll help make her name in California state politics. Worst-case scenario: She’s tossed out of office and ends up as a legal analyst for CNN or MSNBC while she waits for a statewide office somewhere to open up. Not so risky.

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Video: Lawrence Jones Discusses the Racist Taunts He Received at a New York “Impeach Trump” Rally

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Campus Reform editor-in-chief Lawrence Jones appears on the Sean Hannity Show – 6/17/19. Screen grab via Fox News.

Over the weekend, Fox News contributor and Campus Reform editor-in-chief Lawrence Jones went to an “Impeach Trump” rally in New York City to interview attendees and get their thoughts on why they believed President Trump should be impeached.

Jones got a lot of garden variety answers from the crowd along the lines of “Trump colluded with the Russians!” and “Trump’s an illegal president!”, but what stood out even more than those answers were the racist taunts Jones received from some of the rally-goers:

According to a Fox News producer at the scene, two men walked up to Jones near the end of the rally and told him to go back to Fox News “where there’s more cotton for you to pick.”

The producer said he asked one of the men: “What did you just say?” When the man made the same comment, the producer asked if he “was really going to say that,” to which the man responded: “I sure am.”

With Jones’ camera rolling, the man confronted by the producer, wearing a gray shirt, turned his back to the camera and made an obscene gesture. The second man, wearing a red shirt, told Jones: “He’ll tell you to go back to Kenya next.”

“You say what now?” Jones asked.

“He’ll tell you ‘go back to Kenya’ next,” the man in the red shirt said.

Jones appeared on Sean Hannity’s program Monday night and talked about his experience:

Two men who hurled racial taunts at Fox News contributor Lawrence Jones reveal the true sentiments of some on the left, he said.

Jones told Sean Hannity on “Hannity” that many conservatives are wrongfully construed as hateful and discriminatory, and the media will likely ignore the New York City incident.

“This is who they are, Sean,” the Campus Reform editor-in-chief claimed. “So often those of us on the right are painted as the racist people, the hateful people,” he said.

“I was just asking these people a simple question about if they felt like the president should be impeached or not.”

[…]

“I’m going to expose it every single day. If they think I’ll stand down because they yelled obscene things, to me they have another thing coming.”

According to Hannity, Jones and his camera crew were only able to get one of the two racist taunts on video. Watch Jones’s interview with Hannity below – included is the one racist incident they were able to capture on camera:

Jones is right in that our mainstream media firefighters by and large will not condemn this. I would be seriously shocked to see Brian Stelter weigh in on the incident. Stelter is too busy questioning Trump’s mental health and actually attacking Fox News to care much about what happens to its journalists, hosts, and contributors.

Unfortunately, what happened to Jones is not just a one-off. These types of vicious taunts happen to black conservatives daily. Female conservatives get insulted, too, and are labeled as “slaves to the patriarchy” and other such nonsense. Hispanic conservatives are treated the same way. Same for conservatives in the LGBTQ community.

Basically, if you are considered a minority and you don’t toe the liberal line on perpetual victimhood and leftism in general, you are an inauthentic woman/black person/Hispanic/LGBTQ, etc.

One of the biggest lies the left has been able to successfully perpetuate over the years is that they are “tolerant” and “welcoming” of diverse viewpoints from diverse groups. They’re not. They never have been. The vile treatment Jones received is one on a long list of many such incidents that disprove the left’s claims of “tolerance.”

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Dems’ new strategy to defeat executive privilege: Subpoena randos!

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Question: What can Congress do to get around claims of executive privilege while pursuing dreams of impeachment? Answer, via Politico — subpoena randos. Oh sure, they’re famous randos, of course, necessary for garnering the headlines that the House Judiciary Committee craves, but legally speaking about as relevant as calling John Dean to talk about Watergate.

Which, of course, they’ve already done:

Democrats investigating Donald Trump for obstruction of justice are eyeing a new strategy to break the president’s all-out oversight blockade: calling witnesses who never worked in the White House.

Key lawmakers tell POLITICO they hope to make an end run around Trump’s executive privilege assertions by expanding their circle of testimony targets to people outside government who nonetheless had starring roles in Robert Mueller’s final report. That includes presidential confidants like former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Other Russia-related figures who never served in Trump’s administration and would make for prime congressional witnesses include Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, the former top campaign officials who both pleaded guilty and faced extensive questioning by federal prosecutors working on the Mueller probe, as well as a former attorney for Michael Flynn who is cited in the special counsel’s report in an episode involving a dangled presidential pardon.

The subpoenas for Paul Manafort and Rick Gates might have some theoretical connection to an impeachment case against Donald Trump. They worked on his campaign and are facing long years in prison for their earlier corrupt acts in dealing with Ukraine and Russia. Similarly, Michael Flynn worked in the White House — briefly, anyway, after working on the campaign and transition team. It’s theoretically possible that they could produce some sort of smoking gun against Trump.

However, that’s only a theoretical possibility. All three men faced prosecution by Robert Mueller, and none of them produced any smoking guns in exchange for leniency. Flynn, in fact, has been so cooperative that Mueller’s team has had to go to bat for him a couple of times with a federal judge to get a lenient sentence — and yet never gave Mueller anything on Trump. What exactly can the House Judiciary Committee give any of these men to unlock some supposed secret knowledge that they theoretically didn’t cough up to Mueller when it theoretically might have kept them out of prison? Immunity from future prosecutions? That’s a big help, and only in the theoretical sense.

At best, this is the House Judiciary Committee doing some belated due diligence in confirming Mueller’s work. At worst, it’s a publicity stunt by Jerrold Nadler.

As for subpoenaing Corey Lewandowski and Chris Christie, there is no “at best” scenario. It’s pure stuntwork and nothing more. Neither man worked in the White House, so they can’t speak to obstruction. No one has ever hypothesized that either man was in the Russia-collusion-hypothesis loop either. They literally have nothing to add to any impeachment case proposed by Democrats. Democrats will use them as props, targets for their soliloquies about Trump while producing nothing at all of substance.

After the John Dean debacle, Washington Post columnist Karen Tumulty lamented, “Is this the best Democrats can do?” Staging stunt hearings is apparently the only thing Democrats can do.

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Trump Bigly Uses AOC’s Words Against Her After Her Interview on Impeachment and Concerns He’ll Be Reelected

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14) was on ABC News‘s “This Week” for an interview over the weekend where a wide-ranging number of topics were discussed. Among them was, of course, the impeachment debate as well as the 2020 election and if she’s ready to endorse any of the presidential candidates (she’s not).

During the interview, the freshman Congreswoman expressed her desire to see the President impeached, and said the issue went beyond polling and elections:

“Well, you know, I think for me this question has — should not be about polls, it should not be about elections. I think that — that impeachment is incredibly serious and this is about the presence and evidence that the president may have committed a crime, in this case more than one. And so I believe that — that our decision on impeachment should be based in our constitutional responsibilities and duties and not in elections or polling.

That being said, with the increase in polls I think the American people are now recognizing, in — in a much broader scale, the depth and the severity of the misconduct coming out of the White House and a demand to protect our institutions and protect the rule of law in the United States and — and at least opening an inquiry into — into possible misconduct.”

On the possibility of Trump being reelected, here’s what she had to say:

KARL: So, do you believe the Democrats will lose to Donald Trump if they don’t nominate somebody who is, in your mind, a true progressive along the lines you just described?

OCASIO-CORTEZ: Well, I think that we have a very real risk of losing the presidency to Donald Trump if we do not have a presidential candidate that is fighting for true transformational change in the lives of working people in the United States. I think that if we elect a president on half-measures that the American people don’t quite understand the agenda of a president, you know, a president that says we’re fighting for higher wages but we don’t want a $15 minimum wage, fighting for education but we don’t to make colleges tuition-free, fighting for women’s rights, et cetera, but we don’t want to go all the way with that, then I think we have a very real risk of losing the presidency.

Watch the segment where Ocasio-Cortez discusses her concerns about a Trump reelection below:

In response, President Trump took to the Twitter machine to rib the Congresswoman:

Naturally, that didn’t go over well with AOC, who apparently believes she’s the only one in America who can’t be “fooled” by someone from Queens:

Though she didn’t tie her concerns of a possible Trump reelection in directly with impeachment, the interview again raises questions about whether or not impeachment-happy Congressional Democrats are pushing so strongly for impeachment because they believe it might be the only way they can keep Trump from being elected to a second term.

Rep. Al Green (D-TX) has been on the impeachment train since shortly after Trump took office in 2017, and said last month he was worried that if Democrats didn’t proceed with impeachment that the President would be reelected.

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WaPo: Don’t look now, but Pelosi’s winning on impeachment

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To paraphrase War Games, the only way to win impeachment is not to play. Nancy Pelosi apparently agrees, and that’s no WOPR according to the WaPo, which reports all quiet on the impeachment front, at least for now.

Is it because House Democrats respect Pelosi, or fear her? Yes:

As pressure has mounted in recent weeks on House Democrats to move more aggressively against Trump, Pelosi has demonstrated the firm grip she wields over her caucus — quashing, at least for now, the push for impeachment. It is a command that colleagues say is drawn from a deep well of respect for the political wisdom of the most powerful woman in American politics — and fear that challenging her comes with the risk of grave cost to one’s career.

In January, Pelosi blocked two ringleaders of the rebels who had tried to deny her the speakership from securing their preferred committee assignments — even though the peace pact she made to reclaim the gavel precluded retaliation. And veteran lawmakers keenly remember how she rebuffed former Democratic Congress members Jane Harman (Calif.) and John Dingell (Mich.), two occasional thorns in her side, in their quest for chairmanships, moves many viewed as revenge for challenging her vision or authority.

“It’s much better to be with her than against her,” said Rep. Stephen F. Lynch (D-Mass.), a Pelosi antagonist who eventually backed her for speaker. “She doesn’t make it easy, that’s for sure.”

“One, you want to be a team player and support the leader’s position, but secondly you’re worried about your own self and . . . what can happen if you don’t follow along,” said another Pelosi critic, Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), who summed up the concerns members face if they defy Pelosi.

If Pelosi’s winning, it’s only a case of dragging a Democratic defeat from the jaws of likely victory. Pelosi understands that a partisan attempt to undo the last election will infuriate the voters that Democrats need not just to win the White House but also to keep their House majority. It will not have escaped Pelosi’s attention that they owe their 2018 midterm win to counties that leaned toward Trump two years earlier — and mainly by selling the now-debunked “Russia collusion” narrative.

Not everyone in Pelosi’s caucus has gotten the word on her win. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told ABC’s Jon Karl that pressure is growing daily to impeach Trump. It’s not about elections, Ocasio-Cortez claims, it’s about the rule of law:

Don’t let the YouTube title on this clip fool you. This is actually one of Ocasio-Cortez’ better and more cogent arguments, and she delivers it effectively. However, it’s not quite original. It’s been argued before — by Republicans in 1998. Pelosi heard it then and recognizes the dead end it produced.

The Post also quotes another quasi-dissenting voice in Pelosi’s caucus:

Pelosi is “holding it together, but it’s fragile because we’re kind of one event, one piece of explosive testimony, one action by Trump away from that dam collapsing,” said Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.).

Eh, not really. Pelosi has time on her side. The closer we get to the 2020 election, the less popular impeachment becomes — and it’s already a polling disaster for Democrats. They have made no headway in convincing Americans of the necessity for removing Trump, and even some of the impeachment-supporting voters will gradually shift to making the elections a referendum on Trump instead. The Mueller report produced no smoking guns (and not even a large amount of smoke, for that matter), and so voters will want the final say on Trump rather than Ocasio-Cortez. That’s why Pelosi pushes the investigations, as a way to shape the 2020 battlefield, not to develop a catalyst for impeachment.

Pelosi’s smarter than most of the impeachment now caucus. Those who don’t fall in line are likely to find that out the hard way, especially extremist first-termers who are lucky to be there in the first place. Pelosi has ways of making that luck run out, IYKWIMAITYD.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Puts Nancy Pelosi On Notice. Time To Impeach.

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BRING ME PELOSI

The official notice has been given and now we wait to see if Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, takes the bait.

As I wrote late last month about Pelosi I thought she was going to be put on the hot seat for slow rolling the Impeachment train Who Was The Biggest Loser In The Mueller Presser? Nancy Pelosi and A.O.C. is confirming my suspicion.

The lefty, lefties are getting antsy and the face of the grumpies is letting people know.

From Fox News

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., warned Sunday there is “very real risk” President Trump will win re-election in 2020, sparking a rare response of its kind from the president: “I agree.”

Her comments struck an unusually defensive tone for the 29-year-old progressive firebrand, as Democrats seek to winnow their list of 23 presidential contenders. Ocasio-Cortez also acknowledged that progressive frustration with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was “quite real” and spoke bluntly on her initiative to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which bars most federal funding for abortion — and 2020 Democrat frontrunner Joe Biden’s abrupt reversal on the issue earlier this month.

Responding to an NBC News poll showing growing support for an impeachment inquiry, Ocasio-Cortez called an impeachment investigation a “constitutional responsibility.” That prompted Karl to press Ocasio-Cortez on reports that progressive Democrats are frustrated with Pelosi, D-Calif., who has resisted calls for impeachment proceedings.

“I think it’s quite real,” Ocasio-Cortez. “I believe that there is a very real animus and desire to make sure that we are — that — that we are holding this president to account.”

There ya go. The leader of the opposition in the majority party in the House, just let it be known that a person who has done more politically in the past 5 months than A.O.C. has done her whole life is on thin ice. People, this is not going to end well in the House Democratic caucus.

Remember that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was just a lil over 2 years ago a bartender with aspirations to be a film star. She fell into this gig and has already complained that she is not getting paid enough even though she is making a ton more than she ever has in her life. The life experience with this one is not deep.

Her political experience is even less deep and my hunch is that Pelosi will crack a hammer behind the scenes that the freshman congressperson from New York will not heed.

Get some popcorn. unless you don’t like popcorn like me then get some raisnetees, this is going to get good.

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Impeach Trump Day: Rashida Tlaib answers MoveOn’s “moral clarion call”

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What to do, what to do? It is both my birthday and Impeach Trump Day so you can see my dilemma. Do I celebrate my birthday or do I rally for the impeachment of President Trump? Just kidding. These people are desperate dead-enders.

The usual suspects are coming together Saturday to vent their frustration that almost 63 million people voted for a different candidate than the one they wanted to occupy the Oval Office in November 2016 and they are still unable to accept that reality. MoveOn and By The People, along with 20 partner organizations, are staging more than 140 events across the country. They really, really want Congress to begin impeachment hearings. Ringleader Rep. Rashida Tlaib will be front and center.

Along with Congresswoman Tlaib, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Al Green are among Democratic lawmakers who have pushed for impeaching Trump are scheduled to speak at the teach-ins and other public actions.

The biggest changes in our country, from women earning the right to vote to the outlawing of segregation, did not start within the halls of Congress, they started on the streets of places like my home city of Detroit and beyond,” Tlaib said in a statement to Newsweek ahead of the day of action. “I’m heartened to see that same push behind holding this lawless President accountable.”

Tlaib continued: “I sincerely hope that after this Saturday, my colleagues on Capitol Hill will answer the call of the likely millions of Americans that will rally across the country and finally open an impeachment inquiry into the actions of President Trump.”

She concluded that “it is our duty as members of Congress to pursue the last option we have in this pursuit of justice on behalf of the American people.”

Tlaib is attending a rally in Detroit. Rep. Jim McGovern is scheduled to speak in Northampton, Massachusetts, and Rep. Madeleine Day will appear in Philadelphia.

The problem for Democrat leadership in the House is that the majority of Americans is still against impeaching President Trump. According to this CNN poll, for example, Trump’s approval number remains steady while public support hasn’t risen much towards moving on impeachment. Support of impeachment has fallen since the release of the Mueller report.

Trump’s approval rating, meanwhile, holds exactly even with where it was in late April — 43% approve and 52% disapprove of the President, according to the poll. That’s the case even as support for impeachment rose slightly from 37% last month to 41% now.

Similarly, those backing impeachment hit 43% in December, down from CNN’s previous high mark of this question with 47% in September 2018. The new poll finds 54% are against impeachment.

The far left is all out of patience. Speaker Pelosi, despite what we think of her political views is not a stupid woman and has danced around the issue in an attempt to stall the calls for impeachment hearings to begin. She now says she’d like for Trump to land in prison but is still too cowardly to start the process of removing him from office. She knows it would be a huge loser for her party in 2020 and she looks out for herself and her position above all else. She doesn’t want to hand the gavel back to a Republican Speaker of the House. All I can think of when I hear Pelosi’s sop to the far left with the prison talk is, “For what?” What exactly does she think President Trump has done that would warrant a jail sentence?

Nonetheless, the left persists. The talk of taking it to the streets, old-school style, is popular. I apologize for The Doobie Brothers earworm that phrase may create for those of us of a certain age.

“Donald Trump has broken the law, violated the Constitution, and put the safety and future of the American people at risk. But by now, it is clear that Congress won’t act unless we demand it. We need to take to the streets in every neighborhood in America to defend democracy,” said Alexandra Flores-Quilty, a spokeswoman with By the People, in a statement.

And here’s a tweet from a CNN show host.

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WaPo columnist on Dean hearing: “Is this the best Democrats can do?”

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Karen Tumulty nearly channels Casey Stengel in her Washington Post column today after watching the John Dean-a-palooza earlier in the week. Tumulty rebukes the House Judiciary Committee for more than just calling the former Watergate figure to regurgitate the same tripe he’s been serving for forty years. If people want to see yammering activists gripe about Trump, why not just tune in to MSNBC?

The Judiciary Committee’s hearing, ostensibly into lessons learned from the report of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, featured as its star witness John Dean, who first gained fame nearly a half-century ago as President Richard M. Nixon’s whistleblowing White House counsel. Dean warned: “History is repeating itself, and with a vengeance.”

That he would say this was not exactly new information. Dean has made that point with some regularity in his current gig as a paid commentator on CNN. And as he himself acknowledged, he was not a “fact witness ” with any particular inside knowledge to offer about President Trump’s doings.

Nor was anyone else who testified Monday. Two of the other witnesses, former prosecutors Joyce White Vance and Barbara McQuade, reprised some of the points they have been making in their roles as MSNBC contributors. There to make an equally unsurprising argument for the other side was legal scholar John Malcolm of the conservative Heritage Foundation.

At least no one got their hands dirty this time, Tumulty notes. Not in a literal sense, anyway:

Perhaps the best thing that could be said about the hearing was that no one repeated a stunt quite like the one that Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) pulled last month in that same room, when he ate from a bucket of chicken to mock the fact that Attorney General William P. Barr had not shown up to testify as the committee had asked.

Really, is this the best they can do?

Tumulty then proceeds gives chair Jerrold Nadler a history lesson on how his predecessor Sam Ervin ran the actual Watergate probe. Needless to say, Nadler suffers from the comparison. Tumulty does offer an allowance for the circus nature of the hearing by noting that the administration has refused to cooperate with Nadler, saying that Democrats “are right to be frustrated by the president’s stonewalling.”

That, however, has its own context. House and Senate Democrats shoved off their responsibilities to have Congress investigate this, instead insisting on a special counsel and then demanding special protections for the special counsel to ensure the probe completed. Robert Mueller produced a robust report detailing his findings, which Attorney General William Barr released almost entirely to the public. As the report shows, the White House cooperated extensively in that investigation, waiving executive privilege and making everyone available to investigators, although Trump himself would only answer written questions in one round and refused to discuss obstruction at all.

Having endured almost two years of that probe, the administration might rightly feel as though Democrats want a do-over. They have the report and the conclusions that Democrats in Congress demanded, only now that it doesn’t provide an easy hook for the end they sought — impeachment — they want to do all of the interviews over again to rewrite the outcome.  The angry and hyperbolic atmosphere in the House certainly adds to that impression, and that debacle on Monday only confirmed it. Why would any administration cooperate under those circumstances?

In other words, one could surmise that the second half of Tumulty’s argument suffers from a chicken-egg issue. Nadler and his fellow House Democrats have never approached this issue seriously; they have done nothing but use hyperbole for partisan attacks ever since Election Night in 2016. Voters know it too, which is why six in ten think Congress should stop talking about impeachment.

It’s a clown show, and that’s apparently the best this crop of Democrats can do. Don’t blame the White House for refusing to join the circus.

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Q-poll: Six in ten Americans reject impeachment, majorities in almost all demos

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Consider this a measure of House Democrats’ impotence, and perhaps of Nancy Pelosi’s wisdom. Despite Democrats’ 24/7 hyperbole in demanding impeachment, the needle has not moved at all among voters, according to the latest poll from Quinnipiac. Six in ten American voters oppose impeachment, just as they have for the last six months, although they’re far from convinced that Robert Mueller exonerated Trump in any way.

Take a look at just how opposed voters are to impeachment across almost all demos, and how stable the overall response has been since December:

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The most amazing takeaway here is that the Mueller report doesn’t appear to have had any impact on the popular trajectory on impeachment. That would have likely changed if Mueller found a smoking gun on collusion, but even the whiff of smoke on obstruction hasn’t changed minds. Opposition to impeachment has ranged between 59% and 66% for six months in this series, and it doesn’t appear to be gaining any traction now despite the histrionics from the House Judiciary Committee and their subpoena fights.

Next, take a look at the demos. Only two support impeachment: Democrats and black voters, by roughly identical margins. Every other demo has a majority opposed to impeachment, and it’s not even a close call in any of them. The narrowest majority against impeachment is among Hispanics, where impeachment still fails by double digits, 39/53. Young voters, most likely to be progressive activists in the making, oppose it by 23 points. And considering that Democrats usually get around 90% of the African-American vote in elections, that 63/31 in their demo looks weaker than the numbers suggest on their own.

Small wonder that Nancy Pelosi wants to talk about anything else but impeachment. It’s an electoral loser and she knows it, even if the rest of her caucus hasn’t figured it out.

That’s not to say that the poll is chock full of good news for Trump. Fifty-seven percent think Trump committed crimes before he took office, and it’s an even 45/45 split on whether he committed crimes in office. Sixty-nine percent think the Department of Justice should be able to indict a sitting president, and 55% say Mueller didn’t clear Trump of anything.

In other words, it’s not as if Quinnipiac got a Trump-friendly sample as an anomaly. It’s that voters take undoing an election extremely seriously, and with another one on the way, they overwhelmingly oppose Congress from taking that action. Perhaps Jerrold Nadler should start listening to them.

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Donald Trump Jr. Tells Senate Intelligence Panel He Stands by Previous Statements

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump Jr. told Senate investigators on Wednesday that he did not inform his father at the time about a June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer promising “dirt” on Hillary Clinton and that he was not kept abreast of negotiations over a proposed real estate project in Moscow, a person familiar with his testimony said.

The younger Mr. Trump, in roughly three hours of closed-door questioning in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that he had nothing to correct from past statements that he had given that panel and other congressional bodies — despite claims by former Trump aides to the contrary.

Questioning appeared to focus on two of the most scrutinized issues of the 2016 presidential campaign: a meeting in Trump Tower in Manhattan between top Trump campaign officials and a Russian emissary, and the extensive efforts of the Trump Organization to secure a major development in Moscow even as Donald J. Trump was running for president.

“I don’t think I changed anything of what I said because there was nothing to change,” Donald Trump Jr. told reporters as he emerged from the session.

In the hearing room, where senators have been studying the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia’s election influence efforts, the younger Mr. Trump tried to undermine the two witnesses who had questioned his account, according to the person familiar with his remarks, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the private session. He said that those witnesses — Michael D. Cohen, his father’s former personal lawyer, and Rick Gates, a deputy campaign chairman — had both been indicted by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III. Details of the testimony were first reported by CNN.

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Mr. Cohen told lawmakers in a public hearing this year that he believed that he had seen the younger Mr. Trump quietly alert his father to the meeting with the Russian lawyer, Natalia V. Veselnitskaya, in 2016 — an action that would have undercut the president’s claims to ignorance of the meeting. Mr. Cohen told investigators that he personally briefed members of the Trump family on the Moscow project “approximately 10” times during the campaign. And Mr. Gates told Mr. Mueller’s investigators that he remembered a campaign meeting in which the younger Mr. Trump mentioned the offer of Russian assistance against Mrs. Clinton.

On the other side of the Capitol, the Democrat-led House Intelligence Committee was trying to get its investigation off the ground, as members grappled with what actions — including possible impeachment — ought to follow the release of the special counsel’s report.

Democrats used their first hearing on the Russian interference detailed in Mr. Mueller’s 448-page report to publicize details of what the special counsel called Russia’s “multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election.”

Mr. Mueller concluded there was not enough evidence to charge anyone on the Trump campaign with conspiring with the Russians, but his investigation suggested that Mr. Trump was elected with the assistance of a foreign power and noted more than 100 meetings between his advisers and Russians.

“Of all the questions that Mueller helped resolve, he left many critical questions unanswered,” said Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, the committee’s chairman.

Mr. Schiff said that the committee, which oversees American intelligence agencies, had not been briefed on the status of a counterintelligence inquiry into whether Russia has compromised Mr. Trump or his associates, despite repeated requests. Mr. Schiff said later he was “running out of patience” and could soon issue a subpoena to force law enforcement officials to brief lawmakers.

Committee Republicans, dismissing Mr. Mueller’s report as a “shoddy political hit piece,” said the Russian threat had little to do with Mr. Trump and charged anew that biased officials within the F.B.I., State Department and other government agencies had conspired with Democrats to tarnish Mr. Trump’s candidacy and presidency.

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“The entire scheme has now imploded and the collusion accusation has been exposed as a hoax,” said Representative Devin Nunes of California, the panel’s top Republican.

The contrast highlighted the Democrats’ dilemma as they searched for ways to engage the public with Mr. Mueller’s findings. The House Judiciary Committee held a similar hearing on Monday that focused on Mr. Mueller’s obstruction of justice investigation but lacked testimony from anyone involved in the case.

With the White House blocking key witnesses and government officials who may have aided Mr. Mueller’s investigators, Democrats were left to question three former government officials who could only speculate on the investigation.

“Understand that I have no access to supporting information or investigative detail other than what is provided in the special counsel’s report,” said Stephanie Douglas, a former high-level national security official at the F.B.I.

Ms. Douglas and Robert Anderson, a former F.B.I. official with experience in spying cases, said the report had clearly found troubling and potentially compromising behavior by the younger Mr. Trump; Paul Manafort, the former campaign chairman; Michael T. Flynn, a former national security adviser; and others.

“If you are a foreign power and you have a campaign or individuals who are willing to entertain receiving information that you are collecting for their benefit,” Ms. Douglas said, “I think that is a tacit approval of that action.”

Mr. Anderson said Mr. Mueller’s report showed “absolute classic tradecraft of Russia and Russian intelligence services.”

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