Senate Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has been walking a fine line between her more traditional Democrats and her enthusiastic freshmen members. She has been keeping the lid on impeaching Donald Trump. Instead, she is arguing for a more strategic investigation first. After all, while that would be emotionally satisfying, it has been historically disastrously and could hand the 2020 elections to the Republicans.
Not everyone has listened to Pelosi though. Representative Rashida Ilaib (D-MI) just announced that she intended to introduce the articles of impeachment against Trump by the month’s end. According to a press packet The Hill received, Pelosi said:
‘When the facts are known, then we can make a judgment.’
Tlaib held a crowded press conference outside of her office. The new representative said that the Democratic outpouring in midterm elections had proven that the people were not with Trump:
‘We saw record turnout in an election year, where people wanted to elect a jury that would begin the impeachment proceedings to Donald Trump.’
Democratic leadership has urged their caucus members to wait for the nation’s people to see what the president has done and have time to absorb it first. Unfortunately, Tlaib plans to rush forward.
She ran on the issue of impeaching Trump and insisted that the people in her district and activists are eager to see her introduce the matter. It was “a sense of urgency” that motivated her to move forward on the impeachment.
Tlaib said that Trump stood between the Democrats and the rest of the issues that voters want resolved. She said it was a “constitutional crisis:”
‘We want to work on these economic justice issues, racial justice issues and everything. But guess what? There is a wall there, and a constitutional crisis that is not going to [let us] do our jobs as American Congress members to push a lot of these agendas forward.’
Tlaib turned to her recently elected freshman class of Democrats:
‘This is the largest class since Watergate. This is a class — a diverse class — that comes … with a sense of urgency to act. To act to hold corporations accountable, to act in holding President Trump accountable, to act to really try to see real reforms, even within our congressional process. This is an emergency for many of us.’
Tlaib was not alone in calling for Trump’s impeachment. A San Francisco billionaire has been running an impeachment ad campaign for nearly a year. Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) claimed that she was the first to call for him to leave.
On the day Tlaib’s class took office, Representative Brad Sherman (D-CA) introduced articles of impeachment, too. Representative Al Green (D-TX) introduced articles of impeachment last year and intends to do so again. He also plans on forcing a floor vote on this matter.
Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) noted that it would be difficult to avoid an impeachment.
Pelosi knows that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s attack on the U.S. presidential election and Trump’s conspiracy with Moscow needs to end before the Democrats can really move forward. Then too, impeachment is a lengthy process, and Trump would probably be out of office before they were finished. The party in opposition to the impeachment has won in the past, because it gives them the emotional energy to get out their vote.
Featured image is a screenshot via YouTube.