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Trump slams impeachment as ‘the greatest witch hunt in American history’ after the House passed a resolution formalizing the inquiry

President Donald Trump slammed Congress’ impeachment inquiry shortly after the House passed a resolution that formalized the impeachment probe on Thursday morning.

“The Greatest Witch Hunt In American History!” Trump tweeted

The vote comes after weeks of complaints from Republican lawmakers on the closed-door process.

The White House insisted in a statement released shortly after the vote that Trump “has done nothing wrong” and accused Democrats of conducting “a sham impeachment—a blatantly partisan attempt to destroy the President.” 

“Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats’ unhinged obsession with this illegitimate impeachment proceeding does not hurt President Trump; it hurts the American people,” the White House said. “The Democrats want to render a verdict without giving the Administration a chance to mount a defense. That is unfair, unconstitutional, and fundamentally un-American.” 

The White House continued to hold that the impeachment process “fails to provide any due process whatsoever to the Administration” despite the fact that the inquiry has been le

The resolution’s passage sets rules for the inquiry and signals that it will begin to transition into a more public phase. Witnesses are still testifying privately, but this historic development could result in public, televised hearings within a month and possibly a vote on impeachment by the end of the year. Over a dozen witnesses have been interviewed as part of the inquiry so far. 


Trump Suggests Impeachment Inquiry Against Him Is a ‘Coup

President Trump on Tuesday slammed the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, claiming the process resembled a “coup” against him as elected president and US citizens’ constitutional rights.

The president wrote that the investigation into his alleged abuse of power is “intended to take away the Power of the People, their VOTE, their Freedoms, their Second Amendment, Religion, Military, Border Wall, and their God-given rights as a Citizen of The United States of America!” calling the whole process a “coup.”

Trump’s tweet on Tuesday echoed the president’s words during former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Trump regularly decried the probe as a “witch hunt” and referred to it earlier this year as “a coup,” likening it to something that would happen in a “third world country.” Mueller’s report did not establish that Trump conspired with Russia, while leaving it up to Congress to decide whether he obstructed justice.

House Democrats’ impeachment proceedings against Trump come after the contents of the July 25 call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky have upended US politics, especially following the revelation that a hushed-up whistleblower complaint from an administration insider concerned their talk. In the call, the transcript of which was made public last week, Trump asked Zelensky to open an investigation in connection with the elder Biden’s pressing Kiev to end a 2016 corruption investigation of a company on whose board Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, sat. Trump then blocked the director of national intelligence from releasing a whistleblower complaint about the call to the House Intelligence Committee, prompting the inquiry announced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.


Trump dubs house impeachment inquiry ´coup´

United States (US) President Donald Trump on Tuesday described a formal impeachment inquiry by Democratic members of the House of Representatives as a “coup”, Anadolu Agency reported, quoting Trump’s Tweet.

“I am coming to the conclusion that what is taking place is not an impeachment, it is a COUP,” Trump said on Twitter.

He said the attempt is intended “to take away the Power of the People, their VOTE, their Freedoms, their Second Amendment, Religion, Military, Border Wall and their God-given rights as a Citizen of the United States of America!”

The House began its impeachment investigation into Trump last week. At issue is a July 25 phone conversation the president had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which Trump repeatedly pressed Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, over unsubstantiated claims of corruption.

The elder Biden is the leading Democratic candidate heading into next year’s presidential elections, making him a clear political rival to Trump.

Soliciting the assistance of a foreign leader to undermine Biden has raised questions of election interference that have been the foundation for the House’s impeachment investigation.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing, maintaining his call with Zelensky was “perfect” while seeking to undermine the whistleblower whose complaint brought the phone call and other related matters to the public’s attention.


Nancy Pelosi: ‘Doesn’t Matter’ if Impeachment Cost Democrats the House

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Saturday that pursuing an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump is worth House Democrats losing a majority.

Appearing at the Texas Tribune’s Tribune Fest, Pelosi stated it’s more important for Congress to uphold its duty of holding the president accountable than maintaining power over the lower chamber.

“It doesn’t matter,” Pelosi replied when asked by Tribune CEO Evan Smith if she harbors any “anxiety” over the Democrats’ ability to keep the House if their impeachment inquiry goes awry.

“Our first responsibility is to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” said the speaker.

“People say you have to take a political risk doing that,” she went on. “That doesn’t matter. Because we cannot have a president of the United States undermining his oath of office, his loyalty to his oath of office, undermining our national security, and undermining the integrity of our elections.”

Pelosi’s comments come after the speaker announced an impeachment inquiry this week against President Donald Trump over a telephone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which the pair discussed U.S. military aid and the business dealings of Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President and 2020 White House contender Joe Biden. The July 25th conversation was the subject of so-called “whistleblower” complaint, which according to its author, a CIA officer, is comprised entirely of second-hand knowledge of the call. Additionally, the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel’s (OLC) affirmed that the Deep Stater has a bias in favor of a political rival of President Trump. Further, CBS News and Fox News report that the complaint includes inaccuracies, including the false claim charging that Ulrich Brechbuhl, the Counselor to the U.S. State Department, was on the call.

Notwithstanding, in a nod to transparency, the White House released the Trump-Zelensky call transcript on Wednesday. The complaint was published by the House Intelligence Committee the following day.

President Trump lambasted critics of the call in a pair of tweets Saturday, writing: “The Whistleblower’s complaint is completely different and at odds from my actual conversation with the new President of Ukraine. The so-called “Whistleblower” knew practically NOTHING in that those ridiculous charges were far more dramatic & wrong, just like Liddle’ Adam Schiff.”

“The conversation with the new and very good Ukraine President, who told the Fake News, at the United Nations, that HE WAS NOT PRESSURED BY ME IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM, should by and of itself bring an end to the new and most recent Witch Hunt. Others ended in ashes!” the president added.


Trump blasts ‘Democrat savages’ after launch of impeachment inquiry

President Trump laced into Democratic lawmakers Saturday, ripping them as  “do nothings” and “savages.”

“Can you imagine if these Do Nothing Democrat Savages, people like Nadler, Schiff, AOC Plus 3, and many more, had a Republican Party who would have done to Obama what the Do Nothings are doing to me,” he said. “Oh well, maybe next time!”

“PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!” he added in a follow up tweet, that comes days after Dem leaders announced an impeachment inquiry.

Democrats say the president violated his oath of office, and allege he pressured the president of Ukraine to investigate the son of former Vice President Joe Biden.

“The actions taken to date by the president have seriously violated the Constitution,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in brief remarks Tuesday.

The president has insisted that he has done nothing wrong, and son Eric Trump announced Friday that nearly $15 million had been raised from supporters over the issue.


Nancy Pelosi launches formal Trump impeachment inquiry

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has launched a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, yielding to mounting pressure from fellow Democrats and plunging a deeply divided nation into an election-year clash between Congress and the commander in chief.

The probe focuses partly on whether Trump abused his presidential powers and sought help from a foreign government to undermine Democratic foe Joe Biden and help his own reelection. Pelosi said on Tuesday such actions would mark a “betrayal of his oath of office” and declared, “No one is above the law.”

The impeachment inquiry, after months of investigations by House Democrats of the Trump administration, sets up the party’s most direct and consequential confrontation with the president, injects deep uncertainty into the 2020 election campaign and tests anew the nation’s constitutional system of checks and balances.

Trump, who thrives on combat, has all but dared Democrats to take this step, confident that the specter of impeachment led by the opposition party will bolster rather than diminish his political support.

Meeting with world leaders at the United Nations, he previewed his defense in an all-caps tweet: “PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!”

Pelosi’s brief statement, delivered without dramatic flourish but in the framework of a constitutional crisis, capped a frenetic weeklong stretch on Capitol Hill as details of a classified whistleblower complaint about Trump burst into the open and momentum shifted toward an impeachment probe.

For months, the Democratic leader has tried calming the push for impeachment, saying the House must investigate the facts and let the public decide. The new drive was led by a group of moderate Democratic lawmakers from political swing districts, many of them with national security backgrounds and serving in Congress for the first time. The freshmen, who largely represent districts previously held by Republicans where Trump is popular, risk their own reelections but say they could no longer stand idle. Amplifying their call were longtime leaders, including Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, the civil rights icon often considered the conscience of House Democrats.

“Now is the time to act,” said Lewis, in an address to the House. “To delay or to do otherwise would betray the foundation of our democracy.”

At issue are Trump’s actions with Ukraine. In a summer phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, he is said to have asked for help investigating former Vice President Biden and his son Hunter. In the days before the call, Trump ordered advisers to freeze $400 million in military aid for Ukraine – prompting speculation that he was holding out the money as leverage for information on the Bidens. Trump has denied that charge, but acknowledged he blocked the funds, later released.

Biden said Tuesday, before Pelosi’s announcement, that if Trump doesn’t cooperate with lawmakers’ demands for documents and testimony in its investigations the president “will leave Congress … with no choice but to initiate impeachment.” He said that would be a tragedy of Trump’s “own making.”

The Trump-Ukraine phone call is part of the whistleblower’s complaint, though the administration has blocked Congress from getting other details of the report, citing presidential privilege. Trump has authorized the release of a transcript of the call, which is to be made public on Wednesday.

“You will see it was a very friendly and totally appropriate call,” Trump said.

The whistleblower’s complaint was being reviewed for classified material and could go to Congress by Thursday, according to a person familiar with the issue who was not authorized to discuss it publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Trump has sought to implicate Biden and his son in the kind of corruption that has long plagued Ukraine. Hunter Biden served on the board of a Ukrainian gas company at the same time his father was leading the Obama administration’s diplomatic dealings with Kyiv. Though the timing raised concerns among anti-corruption advocates, there has been no evidence of wrongdoing by either the former vice president or his son.

While the possibility of impeachment has hung over Trump for many months, the likelihood of a probe had faded after special counsel Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation ended without a clear directive for lawmakers.

Since then, the House committees have revisited aspects of the Mueller probe while also launching new inquiries into Trump’s businesses and various administration scandals that all seemed likely to drag on for months.

But details of Trump’s dealings with Ukraine prompted Democrats to quickly shift course. By the time Pelosi addressed the nation Tuesday, about two-thirds of House Democrats had announced moving toward impeachment probes.

The burden will probably now shift to Democrats to make the case to a scandal-weary public. In a highly polarized Congress, an impeachment inquiry could simply showcase how clearly two sides can disagree when shown the same evidence rather than approach consensus.

Building toward this moment, the president has repeatedly been stonewalling requests for documents and witness interviews in the variety of ongoing investigations.

After Pelosi’s Tuesday announcement, the president and his campaign team quickly released a series of tweets attacking Democrats, including a video of presidential critics like the speaker and Rep. Ilhan Omar discussing impeachment. It concluded: “While Democrats ‘Sole Focus’ is fighting Trump, President Trump is fighting for you.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Pelosi’s well-known “efforts to restrain her far-left conference have finally crumbled.”

Pelosi has for months resisted calls for impeachment from her restive caucus, warning that it would backfire against the party unless there was a groundswell of public support. That groundswell hasn’t occurred, but some of the more centrist lawmakers are facing new pressure back home for not having acted on impeachment.

While Pelosi’s announcement adds weight to the work being done on the oversight committees, the next steps are likely to resemble the past several months of hearings and legal battles – except with the possibility of actual impeachment votes.

On Wednesday, the House is expected to consider a symbolic but still notable resolution insisting the Trump administration turn over to Congress the whistleblower’s complaint. The Senate, in a rare bipartisan moment, approved a similar resolution on Tuesday.

The lawyer for the whistleblower, who is still anonymous, released a statement saying he had asked Trump’s director of national intelligence to turn over the complaint to House committees and asking guidance to permit the whistleblower to meet with lawmakers.

Pelosi suggested that this new episode – examining whether a president abused his power for personal political gain – would be easier to explain to Americans than some of the issues that arose during the Mueller investigation and other congressional probes.

The speaker put the matter in stark terms: “The actions of the Trump presidency revealed dishonorable facts of the president’s betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of his national security and betrayal of the integrity of our elections.”


Inside Trump world, public defiance vs. private anxiety over impeachment

n public, Trump world is casting the Democratic impeachment inquiry as more white noise.

In private, White House aides and allies say the impeachment momentum is now presenting a serious threat to the rest of President Donald Trump’s legislative agenda, to his negotiating strength with world leaders and to his concentration.

The political furor over the president’s call with the Ukrainian president will put the two pictures in contrast for at least the coming weeks, testing how well the Teflon-encased president can withstand the latest revelations that he tried to pressure a foreign leader to dig up dirt on the son of his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, heading into the 2020 campaign.

The Democrats’ decision to launch an impeachment inquiry on Tuesday afternoon raises the stakes of this massive White House gamble, even as the president called any impeachment proceedings “just a continuation of the witch hunt.”

Few in the White House or wider Trump orbit have privately defended Trump’s call with the Ukraine leader in which he reportedly asked eight times about investigating the Biden clan’s business dealings in the country. The incident violates the principle that U.S. officials should never allow or encourage foreign governments to interfere in U.S. elections.

The White House is betting that Trump will ride out this “outrage du jour,” as one senior administration official called it.

But Trump advisers and senior administration aides instead quickly pivot any discussion of the president’s call and ensuing whistleblower complaint to focus on the Bidens — in an effort to turn the attention to a rival much the way the Trump campaign successfully undercut Hillary Clinton’s candidacy in 2016 by constantly bringing the discussion back to her campaign’s hacked emails.

“The president’s strategy on these matters has always been pretty clear: Never back up, and go forward. He learned that from Page Six,” said Newt Gingrich, an informal adviser to Trump who served as House Speaker during Republicans’ impeachment inquiry of President Bill Clinton. “For the average American, this won’t move anything. It just further pins the Democrats into a negative anti-Trump position.”

“My guess is that, in the long run, the White House and campaign think the media eventually and reluctantly will have to take a serious look at Hunter Biden’s business dealings both in China and the Ukraine, and it will be devastating,” Gingrich added.

The White House is betting that Trump will ride out this “outrage du jour,” as one senior administration official called it, and move on just as he has skated through the release of the Mueller report, concerns of late about a possible recession, the Charlottesville uproar, Stormy Daniels, the explosive “Access Hollywood“ tape and dozens of other threats to his presidency.

“Everything is presented as Armageddon. The absolutely worst thing he has ever done! You can excuse the public for believing nothing is that way,” the official added.

“Our country’s doing the best it’s ever done. They’re going to lose the election,” — Donald Trump

White House and Department of Justice lawyers are tuning out the media coverage and focusing on the legal nuances of the whistleblower statute, while the president himself is leading the ensuing political battle.

Like any public relations guru, he has sought to get out ahead of the Ukraine story, set the boundaries of the narrative so that Joe Biden is as squarely in the bullseye as he is and overwhelm Americans with new and often conflicting information so the details change by the hour — and always at his bidding.

“Our country’s doing the best it’s ever done. They’re going to lose the election,” Trump told reporters before a bilateral meeting with the Iraqi president at the United Nations.

“They say it’s a positive for me,” he added about the impeachment proceedings.

By Tuesday afternoon, Trump announced on Twitter that he intended to release a transcript of his call with the Ukraine president on Wednesday. And a senior administration official said the White House also planned to release to Congress by the end of this week the whistleblower complaint and Inspector General documents at the center of the fight.

Both moves suggest the White House is confident it can withstand any fallout from the Ukraine call.

But current and former administration aides believe Trump will view the latest impeachment inquiry as a major blow to his ego — and the proceedings will likely distract him, cloud all of his meetings and halt any agenda for this fall including the passage of a major trade bill heading into an election year.

“It would mean USMCA probably doesn’t get done. It would declare war on whatever legislative agenda they still have,” said one former administration official.

That may not matter for Trump’s political standing or his popularity with his base, which has remained fairly constant during his presidency even some of its most controversial moments.

“People have made up their minds on Trump. It would take a momentous event to change enough minds to alter his job approval rating away from the average of 43 or 44 percent,” said Whit Ayres, founder and president of North Star Opinion Research, a Republican polling firm. “We’re so polarized and in our tribes that people will look through their current lens and determine either the president did something wrong, or Joe Biden did something wrong. The facts won’t be particularly relevant.”

The White House press office framed the impeachment inquiry as the Democrats’ effort to “continue to weaponize politics.”

“President Trump is working hard on behalf of our country here in New York City while they continue to scream the word impeachment. Nothing new here,” said Stephanie Grisham, the White House press secretary and communications director.

And the president’s 2020 campaign quickly rushed to motivate Trump voters and raise money from the fight. “Democrats can’t beat President Trump on his policies or his stellar record of accomplishment, so they’re trying to turn a Joe Biden scandal into a Trump problem,” Brad Parscale, the Trump 2020 campaign manager, said in a statement. “The misguided Democrat impeachment strategy is meant to appease their rabid, extreme, leftist base, but will only serve to embolden and energize President Trump’s supporters and create a landslide victory for the President.”

Still, the impeachment proceedings could lead to other revelations that are even more distracting for Trump and the GOP agenda.

While the Democrats pushed ahead with the impeachment inquiry, the reaction in the Republican-controlled Senate on Tuesday was more muted and mixed.

“It will be similar to the Mueller report. Remember how much time we spent on that? It’s got all the same characteristics,” said Republican Senator Mike Braun of Indiana. “To me, it’s amazing how you keep pushing a dynamic like that, and I think clearly, in this case, it’s backfired, and its focused attention on Biden and his son.”

Both Republican Senators Mitt Romney and Lisa Murkowski expressed the need for additional information, with Romney calling the release of the transcript a helpful way to clarify the president’s intentions. “It would be much more helpful if we can just get the full and honest story out there,” Murkowski told POLITICO. There’s a lot of speculation about what was really said. So, hard to say until we see what’s real.”

But for Senate Democrats, the House’s new impeachment inquiry seemed justified.

“This is very serious. I’m not sure [Trump] understands how serious this is,” said Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow, who supports impeachment. “I’m not sure intellectually, he personally understands how serious this is when you’re holding up military assistance passed by Congress in order to extort a political action of a leader in a foreign country.”


Democratic debate 2019: Julian Castro goes on offensive against Biden

Julian Castro went on offense Thursday night and accused Vice President Joe Biden of being forgetful and not living up to the health care aspirations of President Barack Obama.

“I’m fulfilling the legacy of Barack Obama, and you’re not,” Castro said, after accusing Biden’s health care plan of leaving 10 million people uncovered.

“That’ll be a surprise to him,” a stunned Biden responded.

Castro, Obama’s former Housing and Urban Development secretary, tried to create a wedge between the former president and his vice president.

“We owe a debt of gratitude to President Barack Obama. Of course, I also worked for President Obama,” Castro said.

Then Castro turned to Biden: “I know that the problem with your plans is that it leaves 10 million people uncovered….Barack Obama’s vision was not to leave 10 million people uncovered.”

Biden pushed back and said Americans wouldn’t have to “buy” into his health care plan — which would expand upon Obamacare with a new government-run public insurance option.

“Are you forgetting what you just said two minutes ago?” Castro said to audible gasps in the audience.

“This is why presidential debates are becoming unwatchable,” Pete Buttigieg said after Castro and Biden argued over health care.

“That’s called an election,” Castro clapped back at the South Bend, Ind., mayor.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar then tried to tone down the debate: “A house divided cannot stand,” said the Minnesota senator, who also took on Bernie Sanders on his Medicare for All bill.


Moderate Democrats Resisting Calls to Support Impeachment

Moderate Democrats are so far resisting the call to support impeachment, even as House Judiciary Committee Democrats double down on efforts to investigate President Trump for impeachable offenses.

The committee is planning to investigate payments former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen made to two women who allege they had affairs with the president more than a decade ago, and whether the investigation into Cohen was obstructed.

The Washington Post, which first reported the plan, called it a “new chapter” in the quest to impeach Trump.

Two Democrats said they expect to see the committee draft articles of impeachment soon.

“I would bet that before mid-October, there will be actual articles of impeachment drafted by the committee. I don’t think there’s much doubt about that,” Rep. John Yarmuth (KY) told Politico in an interview this week.

Rep. Don Beyer (VA) also told Politico that he expects to see Judiciary Committee members begin drafting articles of impeachment after returning from recess.

“I’m sure there will be people — the Al Green group writ large — who want the articles of impeachment by Sept. 15,” he said, referring to the Texas Democrat, who has forced several votes on the issue.

Green has said he will try for a fourth time to impeach Trump after members return, according to NPR.

But even as the House Judiciary Committee readies to investigate Trump when Congress returns in a week, a spate of recent reporting shows that dozens of vulnerable Democrats are just not there.

More than 130 Democrats have come out in support of impeachment in some form, crossing the threshold of half the Democrat caucus. However, more than 100 Democrats either oppose or have not clarified where they stand on impeachment, many of them vulnerable Democrats.

Only 13 out of 55 Democrats listed as Republican targets by the National Republican Congressional Committee have come out in support of impeachment.

That includes: Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ); Katie Porter (CA); Harley Rouda (CA); Mike Levin (CA); Jason Crow (CO); Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL); Sean Casten (IL); Lauren Underwood (IL); Chris Pappas (NH); Tom Malinowski (NJ); Peter DeFazio (OR); Jennifer Wexton (VA); and Kim Schrier (WA).

Fewer than ten out of the 42 Democrats listed in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s “frontline program” — those most vulnerable in their re-election campaigns — have come out in support of impeachment, according to Time.

Only two out of 31 Democrats who won seats in districts carried by Trump in 2016 have come out in support of impeachment: Reps. Lauren Underwood (IL) and Chris Pappas (NH).

And an even smaller amount — one out of 17 Democrats whose seats are listed as “toss ups” by the Cook Political Report – have come out for impeachment: Rep. Lauren Underwood (IL).

America Rising, a Republican political action committee, instantly hit Underwood in a blog post titled, “Lauren Underwood ‘Lets Her Community Down’ with Impeachment Support.” It said:

Lauren Underwood just pulled an epic flip-flop and now supports impeachment. According to her own words just two weeks ago, Underwood’s support for impeaching President Trump would ‘look like a power grab’ that ‘leaves her community behind.’ Underwood is caving to pressure from the far-left and supporting impeachment just to please the most extreme elements in her party.

So far, dozens of other moderate Democrats have successfully avoided being pinned down on the topic. According to the New York Times:

Despite the efforts of pro-impeachment activist groups to transform August into a Tea Party-style series of grass-roots revolts that might force Democrats of all stripes to throw their support behind impeachment, the groundswell has yet to reach this politically crucial group of lawmakers in Republican-leaning districts. Instead, they are staying cautious and, in some cases, even trying to avoid mentioning the word, and many of their constituents — even impeachment supporters — appear willing, at least for now, to tolerate that reluctance.

The paper reported that although attendees at a recent town hall for Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI) pressed her on the topic, “there was little pushback” to her “wait-and-see approach.”

The Huffington Post also reported that “plenty of members” resisting a call for impeachment are “only facing minimal blowback from voters so far.”

Rep. Jared Golden (ME), a freshman elected to a rural district in Maine won by Trump, told a local paper that impeachment is a type of “BS that I think drives the silent majority of Americans absolutely insane,” according to the outlet.

And Politico Magazine described in a recent piece titled, “Mikie Sherill Is Not Feeling the Pressure,” how the New Jersey congresswoman has resisted calls to back impeachment despite being repeatedly asked about the issue at town hall events across the country.

But moderates are not out of the clear yet.

The Washington Post reported that “all eyes” will be on members like Slotkin, who had said she will make a decision about impeachment in mid-to-late September.

She told the Post she will consult other colleagues from similarly moderate districts, whom she calls “the Gang of 10,” when they have dinner the first night they are back in Washington.

However, with only a limited amount of legislative time before the 2020 elections get underway, vulnerable lawmakers will be under pressure to show results before backing impeachment.

“It’s toxic to do impeachment when the House hasn’t passed major, bipartisan infrastructure or drug pricing legislation,” a senior Democrat aide associated with the moderate wing of the party told Time.

“The members who flipped districts red to blue in 2018 campaigned on getting those things done for their constituents. They’re focused on fulfilling those promises and bringing back real results for their districts.”


Dem Rep. Steve Cohen: Declare Trump ‘The Worst Person in the Universe’

Appearing Friday on CNN, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) said fired MSNBC host Keith Olbermann should return to broadcasting to declare President Donald Trump “the worst person in the universe.”

A partial transcript is as follows: 

JIM SCIUTTO: When you speak to your constituents back in Tennessee, do you sense any exhaustion from them at all with the whole range of investigations? Do you sense them turning to say, let’s look to November 2020, let’s forget all this other stuff?

REP. STEVE COHEN (D-TN): A few people tell me that. Most people tell me don’t let up. Don’t stop. They want him gone. Now, my district is a predominantly Democratic, African-American district. That is a demographic that is very much against Trump and feels his racism in a very personal way.

But it’s not just my African-American constituents. It’s my Caucasian constituents, as well [as] my Hispanic constituents. They encourage me to continue to go after Trump. They find him to be one of the most miserable people ever to live — that Keith Olbermann should come back and declare him the worst person in the universe.