House Divided: To Launch or Not to Launch Impeachment Proceedings vs. Trump

After the release of the Mueller Report last Friday, the number of Democrats calling out for the launch of impeachment proceedings against President Trump continues to grow. Democratic presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has urged Congress to initiate impeachment proceedings, while Michigan House Representative Rashida Tlaib,has introduced a resolution calling on the House Judiciary Committee to conduct further probes of Trump’s impeachment-level offenses as revealed by the recently released Mueller Report.

Outspoken New York Democrat, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and other vocal house progressives have already introduced articles of impeachment; perceiving current efforts might not be enough in investigating Trump’s obstructions of justice as revealed in the Mueller Report.

Current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California acknowledged that after reading the full content of the nearly 400-page Mueller Report, she is convinced that at the very least, Donald Trump has committed acts that are highly unethical and unscrupulous, which do not befit the office he holds. Acts that are already grounds for impeachment proceedings, although to her mind, launching one is not necessary because she sees it as divisive and not at all worth it.

House Democrat Leaders Voice Different Opinions Toward Impeachment Proceedings

In a letter addressed to her Democrat colleagues, which House Speaker Pelosi posted ahead of a House Democrat conference call last Monday, she made it clear that she is opposed to launching a Trump impeachment proceedings.

”While our views range from proceeding to investigate the findings or proceeding directly to impeachment, we all firmly agree that we should proceed down a path of finding the truth. It is also important to know that the facts regarding holding the President accountable can be gained outside of impeachment hearings,.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings foresees impeachment proceedings as possible but it is important for Congress to make precautionary moves. In Sunday’s “Face the Nation” interview with Bob Schieffer, Chairman Cummings said that there are still many Americans who believe that Trump is not at all committing acts that destroy democracy; or for that matter performing poorly as president of the U.S. To which Cummings added,

”We need to make sure the Congress has all the information….we need to be able to have the public know that information, so that they can see that they have a president that basically has been about the business, of doing great harm not only to our country but to our democracy.”

NY Rep. Jerry Nadler, and Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, stated that the points in case laid out in the Mueller Report are impeachable, which if proven will serve as grounds for impeachment hearings. However, the Judiciary Committee has yet to conduct further investigations in order to arrive at facts that could lead to impeachment proceedings.

 

California Representative Adam Schiff, and Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee voices support for movements to launch impeachment proceedings. Chairman Schiff opines that the best course to take is to proceed with impeachment hearings, as not doing so will only send a message that Trump’s conduct as president of the United States are in ways conforming to public office