House Democrats to Begin Their Impeachment Process With Obstruction Probe
They won’t call them that right now, but that is exactly what is happening.
by Erick Erickson
(Jerry Nadler/AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
House Democrats, having concluded that Robert Mueller’s investigation will not give them what they want, are going to kick off impeachment hearings this week. To be sure, they will not call them impeachment hearings right now, but that is what is happening.
The House Judiciary Committee, which would conduct an impeachment probe, will instead call this an “obstruction of justice” investigation. Pay attention to Chairman Jerry Nadler’s statement:
“We are going to initiate investigations into abuses of power, into corruption … and into obstruction of justice,” Nadler said. “It’s our job to protect the rule of law.”
“It’s very clear that the president obstructed justice,” Nadler said. He said it was too soon to consider whether impeachment should be pursued, however.
“Before you impeach somebody, you have to persuade the American public that it ought to happen,” he said.
The Democrats are only doing this because the Cohen testimony flopped. Cohen’s testimony largely disproved the Christopher Steele dossier. One of the key bits of that dossier was the Russia collusion stuff. Cohen not only had no knowledge of it, but also said he never went to Prague, which was a claim in that dossier.
Democrats are also doing this because it is more and more clear Mueller won’t give then what they wanted. They were hoping Mueller would pave the way for impeachment, but the great walk back has begun. Democrats are now going to conjure up their own pretexts for impeachment through these hearings.
However, given that this suggests the Mueller investigation will be a nothing burger, the report will undermine this effort by the Democrats. They will look like they are desperate to manufacture an excuse to impeach.
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