Multiple news sources have published articles on the theme that Nancy Pelosi has some grand strategy for dealing with Donald Trump and that we should all just trust her and wait patiently for that strategy to play out.
Then why does she keep making stupid statements that suggest she has zero understanding of the reality of the situation? The latest report quotes her as saying that she does not want to see him impeached, she wants to see him in prison.
EARTH TO NANCY! EARTH TO NANCY! Impeachment is a necessary first step to putting him in prison.
Who is going to put him into prison? The reality at the moment is that the Department of Justice operates under the policy, as Robert Mueller explained, that they may not indict a sitting president.
Further, indictment, and even conviction, of Trump would not have the effect of removing him from office. As Mueller said in his recent statement, “the Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting President of wrongdoing.”
IMPEACHMENT, IMPEACHMENT, IMPEACHMENT.
Why is this hard?
As she has stated it, Pelosi’s position makes zero sense.
She is stuck. There is no good reason, at the moment, to think that the Republicans in the Senate will vote to remove Trump.
But that is what public pressure is for. Pelosi is apparently worried that impeaching Trump will help him politically. But Pelosi’s power politically is second only to Trump’s. His bully pulpit is bigger than hers, but she has one, and she is not using it at all effectively.
Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) reportedly wants to begin an impeachment investigation. That would be a golden opportunity to explain to the public why they need to impeach him. Lay out all of the evidence in public view for all to see.
Also, Trump is BUSY OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE AS WE SPEAK. Refusing to comply with subpoenas is obstruction of justice in the most obvious sense.
Again, in his recent statement, Mueller said, “When a subject of an investigation obstructs that investigation or lies to investigators, it strikes at the core of the government’s effort to find the truth and hold wrongdoers accountable.”
DING! DING! DING! That’s what Trump is doing. Say so, and say it loudly.
Pelosi wanted to be Speaker of the House, but now she refuses to do the job.
She is being stunningly obtuse at the moment.
Impeachment is the right answer. Just do it.