House lawmakers still stewing over Trump impeachment

MSNBC labeled it “an epic build for impeachment” and Chris Jansing on Saturday described it as “one of the biggest political surprises of the summer.” Since the testimony of former special counsel Robert Mueller before Congress in July, 41 more Democrats have come out in support of impeachment.

The number of House members backing impeachment has swelled to 135. Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN) told Jansing the investigation is ‘beyond the stage of simply having an inquiry’ but Trump ‘should be impeached.’

A recent setback in the court has not dampened the desire of House Democrats to remove the president from office. Last Thursday a federal judge in Washington, D.C. rejected a request from the House Ways and Means Committee to speed up their lawsuit seeking President Trump’s federal tax returns.

“It may be appropriate to expedite this matter at some point, but not now,” Judge Trevor McFadden, said in a seven-page memorandum.

The ruling was a severe blow for House Democrats who are running out of time as the election approaches. They were counting on lawsuits to gain access to material they need to build a palatable case for impeachment, after the Trump administration successfully stonewalled their requests for key documents and testimonies.

Every day Democrats pore over Trump’s statements, jokes included, to find evidence that proves he is an immoral, incompetent, loose-lipped steward of the country’s affairs. The list of impeachable offenses grows and grows.

His latest transgression, according to a Washington Post report on Tuesday, was telling aides he will pardon government officials who break the law in the process of constructing his border wall. They cited anonymous current and former White House officials, making the report dubious.

This triggered the impeachment hawks who responded on cue —  “Sadly, this is just one more instance of a president who undermines the rule of law and behaves as if he’s a king and not governed by the laws of this country,” Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) told the newspaper. “He is not a king, he is accountable,” and this will factor into House impeachment deliberations.

Trump responded in a tweet on Wednesday dismissing the report as, “Another totally Fake story in the Amazon Washington Post (lobbyist) which states that if my Aides broke the law to build the Wall (which is going up rapidly), I would give them a Pardon. This was made up by the Washington Post only in order to demean and disparage – FAKE NEWS!”

 Democrats have been longing to impeach Trump since he became a serious contender for the presidency in 2016. Back then they were ruminating over how soon they could reasonably begin impeachment proceedings.

Politico Senior Policy Reporter Darren Samuelsohn wrote in April, 2016, “Donald Trump isn’t even the Republican nominee yet. But his incendiary rhetoric, most notably about killing the families of terrorists and bringing back torture, has critics on the right and the left discussing the most extreme of countermeasures at an unusually early point in the race.”

““Impeachment” is already on the lips of pundits, newspaper editorials, constitutional scholars, and even a few members of Congress. From the right, Washington attorney Bruce Fein puts the odds at 50/50 that a President Trump commits impeachable offenses as president,” Samuelsohn added.

In March 2016 Rush Limbaugh told his audience, “They’ll be talking impeachment on day two, after the first Trump executive order.”

These predictions turned out to be true. Every single day of his presidency has been overshadowed by investigations and congressional inquiries aimed at pushing lawmakers toward impeachment.

We are now just over a year away from a presidential election. If Trump is such an incompetent, unhinged president, why isn’t the Democratic Party channeling its energy into winning the next election? It should be a shoo-in for their nominee.

The impeachment-happy lawmakers are facing very serious obstacles, despite what they see as ‘momentum.’

A Monmouth University poll published in August confirms the finding of numerous recent polls — the public has no appetite for impeachment. Fifty-nine percent of Americans are not sold on the idea that Trump is such a bad guy that he should be ousted from office.

Only 35% support impeachment, a number which closely aligns with the hardcore Democratic base. Mueller’s testimony has not moved the impeachment needle with the public.

The Washington Post recently conducted an analysis of the 31 lawmakers from districts Trump won in 2016, and found that only two — freshman Reps. Lauren Underwood of Illinois and Chris Pappas of New Hampshire — have backed impeachment during the summer-recess crusade.

Voters in those states have made it clear that they want Congress to focus on lawmaking. Freshman Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) told the Post, “People in my district are wanting us to pass bills, and they fear that if we go down this path of impeachment, we’re not going to be working on the things that affect their lives, their pocketbooks, their kids.”

If Democrats launch impeachment proceedings, it could open a trap door through which the party plunges, along with their presidential dreams.