By rushing the impeachment process – and keeping the focus narrow – Pelosi may be making a grave political miscalculation.
Nancy Pelosi is rushing to conclude the impeachment inquiry against President Trump. On Thursday, just over two months after the inquiry was launched, Pelosi announced she was instructing investigators to draft articles of impeachment. These will be voted on by the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives as soon as this month.
The impeachment articles seem likely to focus only on the president’s attempt to blackmail Ukraine into interfering in the 2016 election, and his subsequent attempts to obstruct investigations into the scheme. “Our democracy is what is at stake,” Pelosi said in a news conference, standing before a backdrop of placidly hanging American flags. “The president leaves us no choice but to act, because he is trying to corrupt, once again, the election.”
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Another hearing is scheduled in the judiciary committee for this coming Monday, but the timeline is now clear: the House will vote to impeach the president, probably in a party-line vote, sometime in late December or early January. The Republican-controlled Senate will try him in the early months of 2020, and regardless of the evidence, he will almost certainly be acquitted.