House Judiciary Democrats are reported to be quietly moving forward in their bid to impeach the president. They are currently laying the investigative foundation for an eventual campaign against Trump. But given the unlikelihood of a successful proceeding, why are the Democrats embracing this strategy? The lack of evidence that an impeachment push would prove successful points to ulterior motives.
Dems Continue Pursuit of Impeachment
The House Judiciary Committee will soon take its first formal vote to define the parameters of an impeachment investigation, Politico reports. The Democrats are still crafting the exact language of the resolution to determine the scope of the probe.
One of Politico’s sources explained that the coming moves would be designed to promote the “officialness” of the investigation. During the six-week summer recess, Democratic lawmakers faced difficulty clarifying the nature of the probe to constituents in their districts. The impending resolution is intended to define the impeachment inquiry and “heighten their leverage to compel testimony from witnesses.”
Supporters of impeachment have long desired a more precise definition of the investigations into the president’s activities. They hope that such a resolution will enhance the House’s ability to obtain testimony and evidence that could be used against the president.
Six congressional committees are currently investigating Trump for obstruction of justice in the Russia collusion case and the allegations that he paid off women who have accused him of engaging in extramarital affairs. They are also attempting to discern whether or not the president actively steered US and foreign government spending to his resorts in violation of the emoluments clause, which prohibits federal officials from accepting gifts from foreign bodies. Other committees are working to obtain the president’s tax records and information related to his finances.
Despite this recent activity, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has repeatedly spoken against calls for impeachment. Polls have shown that the American public does not favor the effort to impeach Trump. Democrats must certainly be aware of the public’s opinion on the matter, so why are they pursuing this strategy? Perhaps the desired result of the impeachment push was never to remove Trump from office in the first place. Could there be something deeper at work here?
Is This About 2020?
The stage for the 2020 campaign is almost set. A wide field of Democrat contenders is vying for the opportunity to take on President Trump. This is the party’s opportunity to right the supposed wrong that occurred in 2016. So why are House Democrats investing time, money, and energy into a doomed bid to get Trump out of office when the election is right around the corner? Perhaps the question answers itself.
There is one factor the Democratic Party might not want to admit: Its pool of potential nominees leaves much to be desired. It is difficult to imagine that any of the frontrunners could beat Trump without some outside help.
Six different congressional committees are investigating Trump, hoping to find something, anything, that they can use. After Robert Mueller’s probe failed to turn up evidence of collusion with Russia, the Democrats needed another strategy. On the campaign front, progressives have switched the narrative from “Russia, Russia, Russia,” to “racism, racism, racism.”
It is a shrewd move since race relations are atypically tense at the moment, and hyper-focusing on racial issues is well-trodden ground for progressives. But through the impeachment investigation, it seems the Democrats are enacting their true plan of attack: Dig up as much dirt as possible on the mean guy in the White House.
The chances are slim that the various probes will turn up any evidence of a Trump act worthy of impeachment. But like Mueller’s report, a new investigation may find information that could harm Trump politically – even if the media has to use their spin machines to weave a deceptive narrative.
Despite current polling, it is clear that President Trump has a good chance of winning the 2020 election. If the economy remains strong and he does not involve the US in foreign wars, the incumbent advantage will probably keep him in office. But those favorable odds could easily be jeopardized if House Democrats are empowered to conduct endless investigations to expose, or manufacture, a scandal to turn public sentiment against him. Either way, one thing is clear: The Democrats are pulling out all the stops to defeat the president, and the nation is in for a pitched political battle come 2020.