Schiff on Impeachment: ‘At This Point, I’m Not Prepared to Recommend It’

H/T Breitbart.

Pencil Neck Schiff(Delusional-CA)knows that impeachment will assure the DemocRats will pay a heavy toll in 2010.

Despite many Democrats calling for President Donald Trump’s impeachment, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) has backed away from that stance, saying Sunday he is “not prepared to recommend it” at this time.

Schiff, who has previously claimed to have “ample evidence” of collusion between Trump and the Russians in 2016, said he “does not know the answer” to whether or not he agrees that Trump will be impeached.

“We may get there,” Schiff told Jake Tapper, host of CNN’s “State of the Union.” “What would get me to that point is if we get to a final court decision compelling the administration to provide testimony and documents and they still refuse, then I think we are in a full-blown constitutional crisis that would compel that kind of remedy.”

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Schiff: Mueller Has ‘Duty’ to Testify Before Congress, Subpoena Possible

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If Robert Meuller refuses to appear before Congress will Pencil Neck Schiff push for contempt of Congress charges?

Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” House Intelligence chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said special counsel Robert Mueller  had a “duty” to testify before Congress about his investigation into the 2016 election.

Schiff  said, “I was disappointed to see such a profound reluctance to testify. I understand that. I think he has one last service to perform. It’s not enough merely to speak for 10 minutes and say, ‘I’m not going to answer questions for Congress and the American people.’ There are a great many things that are not in the report.”

He continued, “We want to find out what happened to those counterintelligence findings that were sent back to headquarters. And in terms of if the president is vulnerable of influence from Russia. Why the president can’t criticize Putin or take adequate steps to protect our elections. The American people have every need to have answered here. I hope Bob Mueller will answer, as painful as it may be, he has a final duty here to perform. Like any other witness and it’s my hope he’ll do so and it’s my hope that he’ll do so voluntary.”

Stephanopoulos asked, “If he doesn’t, subpoena?”

Schiff  said, “That would be my recommendation. That’s decision we’ll have to make collectively and our leadership when there’s use of compulsion, because it may lead to litigation. That’s not how this process for Bob Mueller should end. He’s a dedicated public servant.”

Schiff says impeachment ‘is destined for failure,’ calls GOP ‘cult of the president’s personality’

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When the DemocRats decide to move forward with impeachment they better know that they will pay a heavy price in the 2020 elections.

All they need to do is look at history and see the price the Republicans paid for the Clinton impeachment.

The DemocRats need to remember that impeachment charges are not a guarantee of a conviction and removal from office just look at the Clinton impeachment.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff  said that impeachment “is destined for failure” without Republican support, while blasting the party as “the cult of the president’s personality” and stating that he is actually against “putting the country” through impeachment proceedings.

Schiff, on ABC News’ “This Week,” said that while he believes House Democrats could impeach the president, the move would likely fail, due to a lack of support from Republicans in the House and Senate.

“I think we’re going to do what is right for the country, and at this point, the speaker has not reached the conclusion, and I haven’t either that it’s the best for the country to put us through an impeachment proceeding that we know will, is, destined for failure in the Senate,” Schiff said.

Schiff added that the president’s “conduct qualifies” as “high crimes and misdemeanors,” but said: “at the same time, we have to recognize that the reality — that one party, the Republican Party, has turned itself into the cult of the president’s personality and is not likely to act consistent with its constitutional obligations.”

Schiff added, however, that if Trump “continues to stonewall” Congress, and “demonstrate his unfitness for office,” congressional Democrats could move forward.

“There may be little additional cost to going through that process, even if unsuccessful in the Senate,” Schiff said. “But we’re not there yet and I think if it is a close call, close calls go against putting the country through that.”

Schiff’s comments come as rank-and-file congressional Democrats have ramped up their calls for impeachment, following a rare public statement by Special Counsel Robert Mueller last week, who announced it was “not an option” for his team of prosecutors to charge the president with a crime due to longstanding Justice Department policy.

Mueller detailed the findings in his probe, maintaining that there was “not sufficient evidence to charge a conspiracy” with regard to whether members of the Trump campaign coordinated with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election.

But Mueller did not mince words on his inquiry into whether the president obstructed justice.

“If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said that,” Mueller said. “We did not determine whether the president did commit a crime.”

Mueller explained the longstanding Justice Department policy, which states that a sitting president cannot be charged with a crime, and thus said “charging the president was not an option we could consider.”

Mueller added that “it would be unfair to accuse someone of a crime when there could be no court resolution of the charge.”

But Mueller said that while the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) opinion blocks a president from indictment while in office, “the Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse the president of wrongdoing.”

Some on the left took that comment as a green light to ramp up talks about impeachment proceedings against the president.

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., also compared Mueller’s remarks to an “impeachment referral,” and said, “We need to start impeachment proceedings. It’s our constitutional obligation.”
Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., who is also running for president, said now that Mueller’s job is done, “Impeachment hearings should begin tomorrow.”

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., whose committee would oversee impeachment proceedings, said that there “certainly is” justification to begin impeachment, but said it was critical to first gain the support fo the American people.

“Impeachment is a political act, and you cannot impeach a president if the American people will not support it,” said Nadler, D-N.Y. “The American people, right now, do not support it because they do not know the story. They don’t know the facts.”

Nadler added: “We have to get the facts out. We have to hold a series of hearings, we have to hold the investigations.”

But despite growing calls from rank-and-file Democrats, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has tread lightly on the topic, vowing to investigate allegations against the president, but stopping short of calling to begin impeachment proceedings.

Pelosi, this week, also said that Democrats “want to do what’s right and what gets results.”

“We’re legislating, we’re investigating and we’re litigating,” Pelosi said. “Everybody wants justice, everybody wants the president to be held accountable.”

But House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., despite Pelosi’s resistance to the idea, said Sunday he feels Democrats have “already begun” impeachment proceedings.

“We’ve got all these committees doing their work, we’re having hearings, we’ve already won two court cases and there are other cases that are still to be determined, so why should we get out in front of this process?” Clyburn said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“It’s kind of interesting to me when you talk to people and ask them what they think we ought to do,” he added. “They agree with what we’re doing, it’s just that, emotionally, they would like to see something done and see it done quicker.”

Trump, though, blasted the idea as a “scam.”

“I don’t see how they can,” Trump said Thursday. “It’s a dirty, filthy, disgusting word, impeach. It’s high crimes – there was no high crime. So how do you impeach?”

The White House also has ignored the discussion, and seized only on Mueller’s move to announce the official conclusion of the Russia probe. Mueller, last week, said the investigation was officially complete, his office would close, and said he was resigning from the Justice Department to return to private life.

But even without launching official impeachment proceedings, congressional Democrats are leading several high-profile Trump-focused investigations. The House Judiciary Committee, which would oversee potential impeachment proceedings, is investigating the administration’s handling of Mueller’s report, and even voted to hold Attorney General Bill Barr in contempt for defying a subpoena requiring that he turn over an unredacted version of Mueller’s report, and its underlying evidence and documents. The president, in turn, asserted executive privilege over the files in a bid to protect them from release.

Meanwhile, the House Intelligence Committee, Oversight Committee, Ways and Means Committee and Financial Services Committee are all investigating the president and have aggressively sought his financial statements and documents for their probes, as well as testimony from high-profile Trump administration officials.

Thus far, the White House has directed the officials to defy their subpoenas to appear before Congress, and the president has vowed to block “all” subpoenas.

But Republicans, like House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Doug Collins, R-Ga., are shifting their focus to Barr’s review of the origins of the Russia investigation. Barr appointed U.S. attorney from Connecticut John Durham to lead an investigation into the FBI’s original Russia probe, and alleged misconduct related to Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants, as well as the FBI’s use of informants against the Trump campaign in 2016.

“It’s time for us to find out how this started and go from there,” Collins said on “Fox News Sunday.”

Nadler Just Openly Admitted the Truth on Impeachment: It’s ‘a Political Act’

H/T Western Journal.

Anyone with an IQ higher than a box of rocks knows the DemocRats and impeachment is a political stunt.

When it comes to the Trump impeachment drumbeat, few lawmakers have been as insistent and transparent as House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler. The New York representative was at it again Friday, although he may have let on a bit too much in his remarks during a radio interview.

Nadler was making an appearance on WNYC, Gotham’s NPR outlet, when he said there “certainly is” justification for impeaching President Donald Trump.

However, his definition of impeachment — and what he thinks the role of congressional investigations are — may not resemble yours.

“Impeachment is a political act, and you cannot impeach a president if the American people will not support it,” he said, according to Politico.

“The American people right now do not support it because they do not know the story. They don’t know the facts. We have to get the facts out. We have to hold a series of hearings, we have to hold the investigations.”

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Now, let’s look at the assumptions there.

The first is that impeachment is ostensibly a political decision, not a legal one.

There might be legal language behind it — Trump lied! Trump obstructed justice! What about Michael Cohen and that non-disclosure agreement with Stormy Daniels? — but the decision for or against impeachment is now about how it would affect the Democrats’ chances in 2020 and beyond, not anything the president may or may not have done.

And it’s been that way long before special counsel Robert Mueller released his report, mind you — you just heard it on the fringes.

In September 2017, long before the report had been released, California Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters laid out the political calculus a little too perfectly.

“Impeachment is about whatever the Congress says it is. There is no law that dictates impeachment. What the Constitution says is ‘high crimes and misdemeanors,’ and we define that,” she said, according to CNSNews.com.

Never mind the fact that “high crimes and misdemeanors” is actually a phrase taken by the Founding Fathers from 14th century English parliamentary law that deals with specific acts regarding gross errors in governance.

Waters was willing to say at the time what other Democrats wouldn’t: If it worked out well enough for them, they’d certainly find the crime.

And then there’s the second part of Nadler’s formulation: The reasons Americans don’t support impeachment isn’t because they don’t think the grounds for it exist or because they’ve wearied of political gamesmanship. It’s because they just don’t know enough, duh!

When the Democrats “get the facts out” to these poor, uninformed wretches, they’ll be onboard with impeachment like all knowledgeable folk are.

I don’t know how much more condescending you can get, given that Americans have been force-fed news about the Mueller investigation like a goose destined to become foie grasundergoing gavage.

They’re pretty darn well informed — and they still don’t care.

But there’s the third issue with what Nadler said: To turn these people into impeachment supporters, “[w]e have to get the facts out. We have to hold a series of hearings, we have to hold the investigations.”

In other words, the goal of these investigations and hearings isn’t to discover the facts and decide whether impeachment is called for.

That seems to have already been decided, as far as Nadler is concerned. This, instead, appears to be a kangaroo court to dredge up support for an expressly political act

“Nadler emphasized that he intends to use the next few weeks to bring special counsel Robert Mueller’s report ‘to life,’ providing for a television audience the dramatic evidence that Mueller compiled about Trump’s efforts to thwart the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election,” Politico reported.

“Part of that will include testimony from Mueller himself, Nadler said, even if Mueller sticks to his promise to limit his comments to the findings of his report.”

What else will bringing Mueller’s report “to life” include, pray tell? A life-size wax diorama of the president bawling out Jeff Sessions? Letting Michael Cohen out on a day pass so he can give a dramatic monologue about how awful Trump is? Really, I’d love to know this.

And then there was the requisite reference to former President Richard Nixon during the interview, because of course.

“Part of the function of Congress, just the same as the Watergate hearings 40 years ago, [is] to have a dialogue with the American people so people can make informed decisions and know what’s going on,” Nadler said.

“It’s very important that [Mueller], to a television audience and to the American people, state it and answer questions about it, even if there is no new information.”

Yes, “even if there is no new information,” this apparently qualifies as a “dialogue with the American people” — not a monologue where old information is being recapitulated in yet another round of hearings and investigations in the vain hope that it all takes with the plebs this time.

There’s been a recent surge in the number of Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee who support starting an impeachment inquiry, with 11 of 24 Democrats saying they want proceedings on the matter to begin.

How far that gets is anyone’s guess, given that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California has been actively reining in any desire on the part of the Democrats to pursue impeachment.

Given that this is an individual who has said the president needs an “intervention,” that’s saying something about how she thinks the political calculus will work out for them.

However, Nadler’s proving true what Waters said long ago: For the Democrats, “high crimes and misdemeanors” is whatever they say it is. Impeachment is, first and foremost, a political decision — a decision to destroy Trump at whatever cost.

For once, you can believe every word Jerrold Nadler says.

 

Nancy Pelosi Assures Jimmy Kimmel: We’ll Be Ready to Impeach Donald Trump Before 2020

H/T Breitbart.

Impeach President Trump before the 2020 election go ahead as you do not have squat.

The Senate will never vote to remove President Trump from office and will put him in position to be relected and give the Republicans a majority in Congress.

Nancy and the DemocRats need to remember Clinton’s impeachment and the aftermath.

ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel questioned Speaker Nancy Pelosi about why she had not pushed forward on the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

Nancy Pelosi stalled, saying that although Democrats were “on the path” to impeach the president, she wanted to make sure the case was “iron clad” before moving forward.

Kimmel appeared disappointed but pressed on, asking the House leader if Democrats would be ready to impeach Trump before the next election.

“Will we be ready before the year 2020?” Kimmel asked.

“Yeah, we will,” Pelosi replied.

Nancy Pelosi teased that she knew more about the case against the president than anyone else in Congress.

“Let me just say this immodestly, I probably have a better idea as to what the president has to be held accountable than anyone,” she said.

 

The Democrat leader ridiculed the president and his team for feigning ignorance about the law when running for president.

“How do you explain that to kids in the hood, when they are approached by law enforcement and they say ‘I didn’t realize that we’re supposed to know this or that,’ Well they’re supposed to know,” Pelosi said. “But these very wealthy people with high priced lawyers can get away with saying I didn’t know.”

Kimmel, in turn, feigned nobility in response to the whole concept of impeachment.

“It may sound disingenuous, but I hope the president didn’t do anything … we don’t want that in the United States,” he said.

“Exactly,” Pelosi replied.

 

 

Pelosi continues to resist impeachment, but says ‘nothing is off the table’

H/T CNN.

San Fran Nan knows there will be a heavy political price to pay if the House brings Impeachment charges and fail to remove President Trump from office.

She saw the price the Republicans paid after the failed impeachment trial.

Washington (CNN)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler resisted pressure from the left to open an impeachment inquiry on Wednesday, following special counsel Robert Mueller’s announcement he’s closing his office and would not provide information beyond his already public report in any appearance before Congress.

Both Democratic leaders pledged to continue the House’s various investigations into alleged wrongdoing by President Donald Trump and maintained all options — including impeachment — remain on the table. But, Pelosi noted, only about 15% of House Democrats are “outspoken on impeachment” at this time.
“Nothing is off the table,” said Pelosi.
She later reiterated what she has said before, that impeachment must come after all the facts are known.
“You don’t bring an indictment, or you don’t bring an impeachment unless you have all of the facts,” she said.
But one Democratic House member told CNN’s Jim Acosta there is growing pressure on Pelosi to launch impeachment proceedings. Members are “growing more restless,” this representative said.
And a couple new Democratic voices joined the chorus calling for impeachment: Reps. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, Jim McGovern of Massachusetts and Betty McCollum of Minnesota.
In Mueller’s first public comments on the investigation since he was appointed special counsel two years ago, he emphasized that Justice Department guidelines did not allow him to charge a sitting President, and as a result his office did not determine whether the President had committed obstruction of justice. Mueller said the probe could not clear Trump and that charging the President was not an option his office could consider.
“If we had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” Mueller said. “We did not however make a determination as to whether the President did commit a crime.”
In his report of Russian interference in the 2016 election and the President’s efforts to undermine that investigation, Mueller leaves behind a road map that Congress could use to impeach Trump. But it is unclear whether Mueller will also come before the House and submit himself to questioning about the probe. Pelosi said that it would be “useful” for Mueller to testify, adding Congress could get some “clarification” and “confirmation” from him.
Nadler would not say whether he would subpoena Mueller’s testimony.
“Mr. Mueller told us a lot of what we need to hear today,” Nadler said during a news conference.
After Mueller’s announcement that he would retire from the Justice Department, Nadler and Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, the top Republican on the panel, each said the special counsel confirmed their contradictory views of the report’s conclusions.
“In his statement this morning, special counsel Mueller reaffirmed his report, which found substantial evidence that Russia attacked our political system and that the President sought to obstruct Mueller’s investigation over and over again,” said Nadler.
“He also confirmed three central points: he did not exonerate the President of the United States of obstruction of justice, obstruction of justice is a serious crime that strikes at the core of our justice system, and the Constitution points to Congress to take action to hold the President accountable.”
But Collins said Mueller found “there was no collusion and no obstruction” and urged the country to “move on” from the investigation to other issues.
“Relitigating the 2016 election and reinvestigating the special counsel’s findings will only further divide our country,” said Collins. “I appreciate special counsel Mueller highlighting the grave threat Russian interference in our elections poses to our democracy.”
Pelosi has said that impeachment would be divisive for the country. She’s said that Trump is “taunting” Democrats to impeach him in stonewalling their various investigations to rally his political base ahead of the 2020 elections. And she again urged her members on Wednesday to stick to the party line of advocating for investigations rather an impeachment.
“The Congress will continue to investigate and legislate to protect our elections and secure our democracy,” said Pelosi.
But some Democrats have bucked their leaders in the past few weeks, as Attorney General Bill Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn defied subpoena requests to testify before the House Judiciary committee. Mueller’s public remarks compelled Sen. Cory Booker, a presidential candidate, to announce his support for impeachment proceedings to begin in the House.
“We have one remaining path to ensure justice is served,” said Booker. “It is our legal and moral obligation to hold those who have committed crimes accountable.”
Even if the House voted to impeach Trump, the Republican-controlled Senate is unlikely to convict him on any charge such as obstruction of justice.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said that the special counsel team turned over its report to Barr, who found Trump didn’t obstruct justice even though Mueller detailed multiple potential instances of it. One of the key episodes the special counsel cited in the investigation, for example, was in 2017 when the
President told McGahn to fire Mueller and McGahn refused.
“Without an underlying offense or collusion, and the overwhelming cooperation by the Trump White House with the Mueller investigation, the attorney general’s decision on obstruction is sound,” said Graham. “It will be the final word in my view.”
“As for me, the case is over,” said Graham.