August 17, 2019 | From Daily Caller
Democrats are moving closer and closer to taking real steps to impeach President Donald Trump, which has prompted pushback from those close to the president during the August recess.
Despite House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s reluctance to push for impeachment, there are currently 126 Democrats who support impeachment or an impeachment inquiry, compared to the 109 Democrats who don’t support impeachment or impeachment inquiry, yet. Pelosi has said she believes Trump is “goading” Democrats to impeach him from office because he thinks it will help him fire up his base.
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“Don’t tell anybody I told you this: Trump is goading us to impeach him,” Pelosi said in early May during an event hosted by Cornell University in New York City. “That’s what he’s doing. Every single day, he’s just like, taunting and taunting and taunting.”
Pelosi has previously said Democrats should try to not focus on impeaching Trump, saying it could be a “gift to Republicans.” The speaker of the House also said impeaching Trump is “not a priority” after his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations in November 2018.
Democrats plan to use the House Intelligence Committee to help guide a potential impeachment of Trump, according to Politico. Typically, impeachment proceedings are led by the House Judiciary Committee, led by New York Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler.
However, many of Pelosi’s Democratic colleagues have continued to push for impeaching Trump, such as Texas Democratic Rep. Al Green, who broke with Pelosi when he vowed to force a vote to impeach Trump in late March. Green, who previously had two bills to impeach Trump overwhelmingly rejected by the House of Representatives, called for a third impeachment vote. Pelosi said impeachment was “just not worth it” in a March interview.
The House of Representatives then voted in July against a measure to begin the impeachment process against Trump, the first necessary step to remove the president from office.
(Excerpt from Daily Caller, Henry Rodgers reporting.)