Wednesday is expected to be a rather wild and crazy day for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. How so? Because while she’s reportedly slated to start it speaking with her caucus about impeaching President Donald Trump, she’s slated to end it by having a pow-wow with Mr. Impeachable himself.
Fox Business confirmed late Tuesday that Pelosi has scheduled a 9:00 am caucus meeting Wednesday to talk about impeaching the president. While she personally remains averse to direct impeachment, a growing number of congressional Democrats have endorsed full impeachment:
Opening an impeachment inquiry is not an act we should undertake out of political expediency.
It is something we should do to uphold the rule of law and Constitution of the United States.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) May 21, 2019
The President has done everything in his power to obstruct Congressional investigations.
It is our responsibility as a coequal branch of government to investigate whether that rises to the evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) May 21, 2019
The fate of our constitutional republic is at stake. #ImpeachmentInquiryNow
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) May 21, 2019
The facts laid out in the Mueller report, coupled with this administration’s ongoing attempts to stonewall Congress, leave us no other choice: It is time for Congress to officially launch an impeachment inquiry against the President of the United States.
— Rep. Diana DeGette (@RepDianaDeGette) May 21, 2019
Big day for #ImpeachmentInquiryNow
7 Dems got on board today – bringing the total in favor to 25. @RepNadler and @SpeakerPelosi
Do your jobs.
— Jon Cryer (@MrJonCryer) May 22, 2019
Sr Hse Democrat who asked they not be identified asserted that Pelosi will likely have to switch her position on impeachment “within the next two weeks.”
The Democrat argued that “the vast majority of us are for impeachment.”
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) May 20, 2019
The meeting was announced after Pelosi had spent the day denying that there’s any division in the Democrat Party over impeaching Trump, according to Melissa Francis of FBN’s “After The Bell.”
“We spent the first part of the day with Nancy Pelosi denying that there was this push and pull within the party, that she was under pressure from a big part of the party to go ahead and start impeachment. Then lo and behold, all of a sudden we heard the breaking news that she has scheduled this meeting for 9:00 am tomorrow to talk about it,” Francis said Tuesday.
What makes the meeting particularly interesting is the timing. It’s set to occur only shortly before Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are reportedly set to hop over to the White House and meet with President Donald Trump to talk about infrastructure spending.
Complicating the matter is that the same Democrats who want to impeach Trump are hesitant about working with him, lest they hand him a potential political victory.
“While the House Democratic Caucus sees infrastructure as a possible area for bipartisanship with Trump, they don’t want to risk the appearance of business as usual with a president who is stonewalling their probes and all but daring them to impeach him,” The Hill reported Tuesday.
As usual, most congressional Democrats appear to care about only one thing: #OrangeManBad.
“People say to me, ‘How can you go talk to him about infrastructure when they won’t give us the information for the Mueller report?’ and I say, ‘I have to,'” the House speaker admitted during an appearance earlier this month on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s podcast.
And yes, Rahm Emanuel has his own podcast … (#ClownWorld).
You can hear her full discussion with him below:
“If we think that there’s a way that we can build the infrastructure of our country working in a bipartisan way, we have that responsibility. We can handle it. … I would be delinquent if I didn’t try to work with him to get something done for the American people,” she added.
Fair enough, right? Not necessarily.
“I do think at some level we have to be functioning as a government, obviously, while this is going on. On the other hand, it does give me some angst, the fact we’re treating what is going on around us as very normal when it’s not very normal,” Democrat Rep. Ruben Gallego complained to The Hill.
The last time Pelosi and Schumer met with the president in April to discuss infrastructure, the Democrat base responded with fury by accusing the two of negotiating with a terrorist and traitor:
RIGHT!?!? WTAF are theydoing normalizing this? Stop negotiating with the terrorist. That’s not how this works!
— Kyrs (@KyrsL) April 30, 2019
Where are your priorities?? There’s no negotiating with this #TraitorTot!! Why is it that neither one of you have any sense of urgency as to what this asshole is doing to our country!!??
— SHS (@shsordo) April 30, 2019
You better have some secret plan up your sleeve cuz many of us think negotiating with a criminal is not a good policy. And it’s not a good look for the Dems. We’re looking for courage, integrity, morality, principles. Initiate that.
— Feminineisrising (@Noursepatty) May 1, 2019
1) you KNOW Trump either lied in the meeting or will change his mind soon after; 2) you KNOW he’s just trying to run out the clock until the next Russian election; 3) spending time negotiating with a bad faith negotiator only distracts you from useful work.
— Wayne Allen Jones (@WayneAllenJones) May 1, 2019
You are wasting time and our sovereignty on negotiating with a liar and thief that will go back on any word he has promised. You should be spending every minute pursuing legal avenues for removing him from office ASAP. We the people need bold action for the moral of our country
— Daniel Louis Duncan (@DanielLouisDun1) April 30, 2019
It’s hard to imagine how difficult it must be to try negotiating with a pathological liar, a traitor who is always thinking how he& his family are going to benefit rather than how America benefits.
— Resa Harrison (@Americancrawl) April 30, 2019
Will the two, especially Pelosi, face the same wrath this time? The answer may be dependent on how the House speaker handles her early morning meeting with the House Democrat Caucus. If she humors the caucus’ desire for impeachment, the base might overlook her allegedly treacherous bipartisanship. If not, on the other hand, she can expect a whole lot more of this:
So tired of @SpeakerPelosi acting like everything is normal when it’s far from it. Infrastructure meetings in the middle of a shit storm? WTF?!?She’s been around wayyy too long & can’t see the big picture because she’s too close to the situation & in denial about what’s really
— Birth By Fire (@_BirthByFire) May 22, 2019
In the meantime, the president has already made it clear to congressional Democrat leaders that negotiating with him will require more than some sweet words.
In a letter sent to Pelosi and Schumer late Tuesday evening, he demanded that Congress first pass his United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA.
“Before we get to infrastructure, it is my strong view that Congress should first pass the important and popular U.S.M.C.A. trade deal,” he wrote. “Once Congress has passed U.S.M.C.A.,” he added, “we should turn our attention to a bipartisan infrastructure package.”
Like noted up top, Pelosi is slated for a very wild and crazy day dealing first with her impeachment-hungry caucus and then with the tough-as-nails president.
Good luck, lady. You’re going to need it!
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