NEW: House Judiciary announces counsels for BOTH the Intelligence and Judiciary Committees will make presentations of evidence on Monday morning — another sign that Mueller related charges will be included in the articles of impeachment
— Jeremy Herb (@jeremyherb) December 5, 2019
Rep. Peter Welch on Trump and Pelosi: "I think he's bewildered by Nancy Pelosi. She's centered, she's grounded, she's truthful and she's focused. He's erratic. He's all over the place. And he doesn't understand that she means what she says." @TheLastWord
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 6, 2019
Sinclair Broadcasting reporter James Rosen, who left Fox News after sexual harassment allegations, asks House Speaker Nancy Pelosi if she hates Trump.
Pelosi responds: “Don’t mess with me when it comes to words like that.” pic.twitter.com/PvcjsBP5X2
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) December 5, 2019
BEHIND THE CURTAIN: @SpeakerPelosi never wanted to impeach Trump, well aware it wouldn't resonate w/swing voters. But now she's become the face of his attempted ouster — the last thing in the world she really wants to talk about.
— Rachael Bade (@rachaelmbade) December 6, 2019
As House Democrats geared up for their first impeachment hearing last month, Speaker Nancy Pelosi huddled in her office with her leadership team, downplaying expectations.
Don’t expect these hearings to trigger a massive shift in public support toward ousting President Trump, Pelosi (D-Calif.) told her colleagues the night before the hearing, according to Democrats familiar with her warning who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the encounter frankly.
Those words of caution — delivered as House Intelligence Committee members prepared in the Capitol basement for the next day’s hearing — reflected the innate skepticism that has influenced her every move as she has guided her Democratic majority through a tumultuous moment in the nation’s history…
But with a five-minute nationally televised address Thursday morning, she has become the reluctant face of the impeachment effort, donning a role she never wanted at a time when she’d rather be talking about anything else.
“I’m really sorry the president made this necessary by his complete disregard for the vision of our founders,” she told reporters Thursday. “An impeachment is not a pleasant experience. It can be divisive. We don’t take any glee in this at all. It’s heartbreaking. But the president gave us no choice.”.…
Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.), a former CIA officer who was among the “national security freshmen” who pushed Pelosi toward supporting an impeachment inquiry, praised her handling of the process. From the beginning, she said, she asked Pelosi to ensure that the investigation was done in a strategic, efficient and serious manner, and she said Pelosi has followed through.
“I really can’t stand anything that celebrates this moment we’re in, because if you’re from a place like Michigan — swing state, you know, where your neighbors have different political views than you do — that tension is seeping into our everyday lives and no one’s happy about it,” she said. “I think she has set an important tone.”
Slotkin added that Pelosi has kept the moderate freshmen at the top of her priority list, making sure their bills are passing the House and tending closely to their political needs. Slotkin pointed to one of her top priorities — allowing patients to have immediate access to prescription drug prices from their doctors’ offices. The House passed the bill Oct. 29, two days before the House formalized its impeachment probe…
When the dust settles, there will still be legislation that needs to be made. Pelosi may or (Trickster forbid) may not be around to keep shepherding the Democratic cats, but she’s doing her best to make sure that the rules will not be forgotten and that somebody will be there to implement them.
Half of the Republicans are arguing that the Democrats have been desperately wanting to impeach Trump since Day 1, the other half are digging up quotes from Nadler and Pelosi before the Ukraine scandal saying they didn't want to impeach unless absolutely imperative.
— Jesse Lee (@JesseCharlesLee) December 4, 2019
I realize that nothing matters and the argument is specious anyway, but if Democrats simply hated Trump and wanted to impeach him above all else, they could have kicked off this Congress in January by taking up Al Green’s impeachment resolutions.
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) December 5, 2019
We can hope Pelosi gets some credit in the history books, because she sure won’t get any from her very-woke “allies”…
Funny how the loudest Impeachment Now You Cowards!!! – voices have pivoted to the exact points that impeachment skeptics always raised (it’s going to end w McConnell’s show in the Senate) as soon as Dems did what they had been whining for & started the impeachment process ?? https://t.co/THN6TU6FYm
— Regina ?????? (@regwag2003) December 5, 2019