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Pelosi Promises "Ironclad Case" Against Trump as Cries to "Impeach" Erupt During Speech
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=24110"><span class="small">Daniel Politi, Slate</span></a>   
Sunday, 02 June 2019 08:27

Politi writes: "The cries of 'impeach' grew louder as Pelosi referenced special counsel Robert Mueller."

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks during the the 2019 California Democratic Party State Convention at Moscone Center in San Francisco on June 1, 2019. (photo: Josh Edelson/Getty Images)
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks during the the 2019 California Democratic Party State Convention at Moscone Center in San Francisco on June 1, 2019. (photo: Josh Edelson/Getty Images)


Pelosi Promises "Ironclad Case" Against Trump as Cries to "Impeach" Erupt During Speech

By Daniel Politi, Slate

02 June 19

 

ouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi addressed the California Democratic Party State Convention Saturday and was met with loud cries of “impeach” as the decidedly left-leaning crowd made clear what they wanted as she vowed to continue investigating the president. “I told you this was like coming home for me,” Pelosi joked. The House speaker has been pushing back against calls to begin impeachment proceedings. And while she did not call for the beginning of an impeachment inquiry in her speech on Saturday, she did promise to continue aggressively investigating the administration.

The cries of “impeach” grew louder as Pelosi referenced special counsel Robert Mueller. “Why is it that the president won’t defend our democracy from this foreign threat?” she asked. “What is the president covering up?” Pelosi vowed to continue looking into the administration’s actions. “We will go where the facts lead us,” she said. “We will build an ironclad case to act.”

Pelosi appeared to be trying to make sure attendees at the California convention understood there are other possible routes beyond impeachment, noting  that numerous committees in the House are working to expose “the full extent of the president’s wrongdoing and corruption and strengthening our hand to challenge the administration in court.”

Pelosi had pushed a similar message during her interview with Jimmy Kimmel earlier in the week. “I think the president wants us to impeach him,” she said. “He knows it’s not a good idea to be impeached, but the silver lining for him is then, he believes, that he would be exonerated by the United States Senate.” And an acquittal in the Senate would likely mean any possibility of holding the president accountable would go down the drain. “So when we go through with our case, it’s got to be ironclad,” Pelosi said. “Ironclad.”

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+6 # futhark 2019-06-02 11:39
My view is that "an ironclad case" is not really required for impeachment, though it may be necessary for conviction. The framers of the Constitution intentionally set up a system of governance that is layered. Article I of the Constitution is devoted to giving operating instructions for the Congress, so they obviously thought the legislative branch ought to be primary and exercise oversight on the other branches, in particular over the executive. Congress has a duty to the American people to maintain close watch on any president who has exercised poor judgment in so many instances and proven himself to be a liability and shame to the nation. Mr. Trump's manner of conduct, especially his bullying and denigration of political opponents, and his manifest inability to understand or articulate his thoughts concerning complex issues, but especially the way in which he has favored special interest groups over the general welfare, are all aspects that deserve consideration.

The Constitution specifies that in any presidential election if no candidate receives a majority of votes in the Electoral College the House of Representatives is empowered to make the selection. This is a clear indication of the primacy of Congress. It is my hope that Congress will continue investigating Mr. Trump and will act upon any findings of his unfitness for office.
 
 
+7 # johnescher 2019-06-02 14:12
Her remarks imply that the case against Trump is currently NOT ironclad, which is untrue. And why give a demagogue like Trump extra time to connive to win another election? Hit him while the Mueller Report is still fresh, I say. Eugene Robinson wrote:

"What would a president have to do, hypothetically, to get this Congress to impeach him?

"Obstruct a Justice Department investigation, perhaps? No, apparently that’s not enough. What about playing footsie with a hostile foreign power? Abusing his office to settle personal grievances? Using instruments of the state, including the justice system, to attack his perceived political opponents? Aligning the nation with murderous foreign dictators while forsaking democracy and human rights? Violating campaign-financ e laws with disguised hush-money payments to alleged paramours? Giving aid and comfort to neo-Nazis and white supremacists? Defying requests and subpoenas from congressional committees charged with oversight? Refusing to protect our electoral system from malign foreign interference? Cruelly ripping young children away from their asylum-seeking parents? Lying constantly and shamelessly to the American people, to the point where not a single word he says or writes can be believed?"

I know, I know. Nancy Pelosi is brilliant. That's the common wisdom. But when too many people start thinking the same way, watch out!
 
 
+3 # DongiC 2019-06-03 04:06
I think the direction we should take as a nation is quite simple. (l) Impeach the President. (2) The Senate votes to exonerate the President. (3) the election of 20/20 decides the issue. It will be either a blue or red decision. The electorate will have spoken. Then, we will know if we have a democratic republic or an authoritarian regime. "Consent of the governed" is the rule we live by. Let's follow it!