Are House Democrats pursuing impeachment? House Democrats aren’t sure

Chairman Jerrold Nadler prepares for a television news interview at the Capitol in Washington

While the Democrat leadership remains reluctant to go all-in on impeachment, given that the Republican-controlled Senate would vote down any effort to oust Trump, the stepped-up investigation could add further pressure on the embattled president 14 months before the next elections.

Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., has already said the committee is conducting an impeachment investigation, but said Monday this move would more clearly define the parameters of the probe.

A senior staffer with a House Judiciary committee member said Pelosi and Nadler had always been at odds over whether to move forward with the impeachment inquiry and that some within the caucus had grown frustrated with the speaker for not moving more swiftly. Jerry Nadler (D-NY).

Underwood and some other House Democrats on Tuesday said the questions over impeachment were nonstop during the summer.

"The unprecedented corruption, coverup, and crimes by the president are under investigation by the committee as we determine whether to recommend articles of impeachment or other Article 1 remedies", he said, referring to the US Constitution's section on legislative powers.

Democrats have been divided over whether or not to impeach President Donald Trump.

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The committee is also set for a blockbuster hearing on September 17 related to this investigation. As the Mueller reports states, Lewandowski never delivered the message and instead asked former deputy chief of staff Rick Dearborn to do so.

More than half of the Democratic caucus has come out in favor of opening an impeachment inquiry.

A senior Democratic aide, though, told The Times Mrs. Pelosi does support the Judiciary's resolution and investigation.

President Donald Trump walks from the Oval Office to the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Aug. 30, 2019. A failed impeachment effort would also lend credence to White House's assertion that ongoing investigations into the president and his administration are tantamount to "political harassment". The resolution comes as part of a sweeping investigation the New York Democrat launched in March, aimed at reviewing allegations of obstruction of justice and improper contacts with Russian agents that were substantiated by the Mueller investigation.

For example, there could be hearings covering "startling" new evidence regarding potential violations of the emoluments clause that prohibits self-enrichment, such as a move by Trump to host next year's G-7 summit at his Doral, Fla., resort and Vice President Pence's recent stay at a Trump resort in Ireland, committee aides said. "And instead, what we have all seen is a terribly radical unsafe agenda coming out of the Democrats and one that we're going to see continue, certainly". Despite House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's public comments supporting the panel's investigation, privately she has told members that the issue is a loser without strong public sentiment. She believes the move would give Trump an upper hand heading into the 2020 election. "Democrats are prisoners of their radical, fringe base and are willing to divide this nation in the most painful fashion possible in order to satisfy the most hate-filled partisans in their midst". Earlier this year, she argued that Trump's "just not worth it".


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