Democrats have made no secret of their hatred for President Trump, but dislike of an individual alone is not grounds for impeachment. "While we have impeachment authority, we need to be very cognizant of what the American people believe, and I agree with the speaker, that the probability of success is low, and the distraction would be major". If Congress opts against impeachment regardless of what the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, reports, would that set the bar so high that impeachment will no longer be a viable option?
Baker and Cochrane seem to be egging Pelosi on to push forward with partisan impeachment proceedings against Trump, arguing that if she doesn't, she will be enabling future presidents to commit impeachable acts. Pelosi's declaration that "he's just not worth it" is a tacit admission that there is no substance whatsoever to the anti-Russian campaign.More news: HBO Confirms 'Game of Thrones' Season 8 Episode Debut Dates and Runtimes
What we are witnessing here is the early stages of a public relations battle to convince a solid majority of Americans that Trump ought to be impeached, assuming the investigations yield real evidence in support of impeachment.
In the meantime, House Oversight Chair Elijah Cummings of Maryland is locking horns with an increasingly recalcitrant White House over issues related to Trump's hush money payment to Stormy Daniels and the top-secret security clearances granted to Trump family members and White House advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. Kayleigh McEnany, national press secretary for the Trump campaign, said in a statement. I said that's good, Nancy.More news: Dolphins Trade QB Ryan Tannehill to Titans for Draft Picks
So what we see here is the leader of the Republican party raising the specter of impeachment, while the ostensible leader of the Democratic party tamping down impeachment talk.
"But not all Democrats are gelling with Pelosi's message".
Trump's former personal attorney and "fixer" Michael Cohen recently discussed the payments in his testimony before Congress.More news: US Offers Sympathy After New Zealand Mosque Shootings
On Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez said: "Legally I don't think it's something that can ever be 100 percent off the table, but if that's how she feels right now I respect that".