Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Strategy Is Working

President Trump is taking on major court losses, the public's support for impeachment is rising, and Trump's corruption is being highlighted every day.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi applauding President Trump during the State of the Union – February 5, 2019. (AP)

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi applauding President Trump during the State of the Union – February 5, 2019. (AP)

After House Democrats met this morning to discuss the prospect of impeaching President Trump, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) made news. Pelosi told reporters that President Trump is engaged in a cover-up.

This clearly got under President Trump’s skin. Trump reportedly entered the scheduled infrastructure meeting with Democrats this morning at the White House, said he wanted to get a deal done on infrastructure but he heard Pelosi say terrible things about him. Trump then said that he won’t do a deal until the House investigations are shut down. President Trump then walked out to the Rose Garden and lied to the American people.

After falsely claiming Special Counsel Robert Mueller found “no collusion and no obstruction,” Trump went on to make an unrealistic demand from House Democrats. President Trump essentially said there would be no infrastructure deal, or any legislation signed, unless Democrats drop their investigations.

President Trump went on to have his Richard Nixon “I am not a crook” moment.

This was a clear signal that Pelosi has once again gotten into President Trump’s head. It’s not a politically savvy move for the President to tell the American people that he will not get things done unless investigations into his corruption are dropped. It’s also an example of Pelosi’s calculated approach bearing fruit.

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The Trump Administration has refused to comply with almost every single subpoena House Democrats have issued by refusing to hand over the unredacted Mueller report, instructing former White House Counsel Don McGahn not to testify, and refusing to hand over Trump’s tax returns to Congress. This has caused frustration among some Democratic lawmakers and voters who are calling for immediate impeachment hearings to highlight Trump’s corruption. But Pelosi’s methodical approach is paying off while also bolstering the case for future impeachment.

The Trump Administration’s obstruction efforts faced some major court defeats this week. On Monday, DC District Court Judge Amit Mehta ordered President Trump’s accounting firm to comply with House Democrats’ subpoena by turning over documents to the House Oversight Committee. Today, a federal judge in New York ruled that Deutsche Bank and Capital One can hand over President Trump’s financial records to Congress. Meanwhile, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) was able to get the Justice Department to agree to hand over some counterintelligence documents.

This is all part of House Democrats methodical strategy of racking up court battles so their investigations into the Trump Administration can gain more support and legal momentum. As we outlined in yesterday’s article, the Trump administration has been further building the case for impeachment with every passing day. The Trump Administration’s stonewalling is increasing in its blatant corruption and making the case to the public that impeachment is necessary. This is all happening while Trump can’t say all Democrats want to do is impeach because Pelosi won’t give him that talking point. The case for impeachment is stronger today than it was two weeks ago and support for impeachment among the public has risen to 45% while a majority believe Trump obstructed justice.

The “Democrats are overreaching” narrative has been replaced with some members of the media calling for impeachment themselves. Democrats have earned a lot of goodwill with the media and appear measured, which will make the hearings more effective if they are launched. It’s important to remember the entire House has to vote on a resolution in order to begin an impeachment inquiry in the House Judiciary Committee. If some moderate Democrats aren’t on board, there is a risk of the vote failing. But over the past few weeks with this approach, moderate Democrats are beginning to come around to the prospect as well. It’s clear that House Democrats are better positioned to launch an impeachment inquiry now than they were last month. The question is, do they move now or should Democrats carry on this approach and build more momentum?

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