Why Did Nancy Pelosi Say Trump Hasn’t Committed an Impeachable Offense Yet?
That just floors me. So much of what Trump has done has been-oblique-particularly with his Muslim ban that how can you even know that? Doesn’t it depend on what we learn about the events surrounding both the crafting of this shameful ban and the reaction of the Administration to an order by a federal judge?
“House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said President Donald Trump hasn’t acted in a way that warrants impeachment — yet.”
“When and if he breaks the law, that is when something like that will come up,” Pelosi said at a news conference at the Capitol on Monday.
“Pelosi’s comments came moments after California Rep. Maxine Waters — standing alongside Pelosi — railed against Trump’s early actions and said he’s building his own case to be impeached.”
“I have not called for the impeachment yet,” Waters said. “He’s doing it himself.”
I’m a fan of Pelosi but what is she talking about? How does she know Trump hasn’t committed impeachable offenses? This is what we need to hold investigations for-to find out.
If Trump ignored that federal judges order and told the Custom Border agents to ignore it-as seems to be the case-then yes he has committed impeachable offenses.
Then there is the Russian connection. A week before he was sworn in, the Senate run by Trump’s own party opened an intelligence panel hearing into whether he or anyone in his campaign coordinated with Russia or received foreign payments-think Paul Manafort, Clarence Page, and Roger Stone.
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this is Watergate 2.0 and yes he has committed impeachable offenses.
Again, I admire Pelosi and wanted her to continue as House leader but she is way off here. She needs to figure out what her base is saying if she wants to continue to lead us. This is not what her voters want to here.
She herself tweeted this:
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) February 2, 2017
In light of this how is she certain Trump hasn’t committed an impeachable offense?
This is not to say the Democrats should be talking impeachment yet, but my objection is her stating categorically that he hasn’t committed any impeachable offenses. Doesn’t that remain to be determined? We need to see what the Senate intelligence panel turns up. If anyone on the Trump campaign did coordinate or take payments from Russia then yes there are impeachable offenses.
Similarly, we need to know if Trump-or Bannon told Trump to-tell the Custom agents to ignore a court order.
When you’re asked if Trump should be impeached the correct answer is: that is yet to be determined.
He may have done so. Which is why we need to hold hearings into both Russia and his campaign as well as hearings into that Muslim ban and whether or not the border agents were ignoring a federal court order based on Trump/Bannon telling them to do so.
There also needs to be hearings into Trump’ myriad business conflicts. He violates the Constitution every day and every hour-which is arguably is also an impeachable offense.
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