Speaker Nancy Pelosi thought she had everything under control.
But one unsuspecting traitor launched the biggest challenge to her power to date.
And now Nancy Pelosi is facing one giant crisis that she never saw coming.
Nancy Pelosi knows impeachment is unpopular and that if the Democrats take steps to try and remove President Trump from office, it could guarantee President Trump winning re-election in 2020.
That’s why Pelosi tried to appease the pro-impeachment members of the House Democrat caucus by escalating her rhetoric against the President.
This culminated with Pelosi outrageously claiming she would rather see President Trump’s Democrat successor jail him rather than Congress remove the President through impeachment.
That strategy failed.
And House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler – a long-time Pelosi ally going back decades – was the instigator in this challenge to Pelosi’s rule.
Initially, Nadler and Pelosi were on the same page in terms of impeachment.
But as the pressure grew in the Democrat conference to start impeachment proceedings, Nadler began to break from Pelosi.
House Judiciary Committee member Democrat Congressman Jamie Raskin explained this fracturing of the Pelosi-Nadler alliance to Politico in an interview.
Politico exclusively reports on Raskin’s comments:
Pelosi and Nadler, two veterans of the impeachment drama surrounding President Bill Clinton 20 years ago, appear to be drawing opposite lessons from that experience. And the divide between the two lawmakers is illustrative of what all Democrats are grappling with as they respond to Trump’s efforts to stonewall congressional investigations into his personal conduct, finances and policy moves.
“I think they are articulating the different impulses within the caucus, and also within each of us,” Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) said of Pelosi and Nadler. “It’s not entirely clear what to do.”
“Put yourself in the position of somebody in the House of Representatives today,” added Raskin, a Judiciary Committee member who wants to launch an impeachment inquiry. “There are a million factors to deal with. And we’re dealing with the most lawless, corrupt presidency of our lifetime. So what is the right time to respond? It’s not entirely clear.”
Nadler believes that an impeachment inquiry would help the Democrats in their current standoff over document and witness requests from the White House.
The Trump administration is resisting all subpoenas on the grounds of executive privilege.
Starting an impeachment inquiry would provide the Democrats legal grounds to access these documents – and the courts in the past have upheld this principle.
An impeachment inquiry would also give Nadler sole power over the investigations since articles of impeachment must originate in the Judiciary Committee.
Currently multiple committee chairs – including far-left loons like Maxine Waters, Elijah Cummings and conspiracy theorist Adam Schiff – are running probes into the Trump administration.
But Nadler’s push for an impeachment inquiry would remove the sideshow investigations and put the entire matter under his control.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.