Second Impeachment? Democrats Tell Court They’re Considering It
Apparently not convinced that they’ve done enough to destroy their chances of winning back the White House in 2020, House Democrats are apparently tossing around the idea of bringing another round of impeachment charges against President Donald Trump. Astoundingly out of step with their own constituents, blind to national polls, and oblivious to the way Republicans are dramatically crushing them in terms of fundraising, Democrats seem to think that the Mueller Report (!) gives them cause to consider more articles of impeachment.
Just…wow. Who the hell is leading this party?
Now granted, a lot of this may be solely for the benefit of winning a court case. The House Judiciary Committee is trying to get the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to force members of the Trump administration, including former White House counsel Don McGahn, to testify before Congress. So this is as much about asserting congressional power as it is about laying out concrete political steps forward. But if there is even a whiff of intellectual honesty behind the lawyers’ arguments to the court, then we have to take it at face value: More impeachment proceedings are not off the table.
“If McGahn’s testimony produces new evidence supporting the conclusion that President Trump committed impeachable offenses that are not covered by the Articles approved by the House, the Committee will proceed accordingly — including, if necessary, by considering whether to recommend new articles of impeachment,” House lawyer Douglas Letter wrote in a court filing.
The filing is intended to show the court that there is still urgent value in seeing the judiciary rule on whether or not Congress can override the executive privilege exceptions claimed by the White House. And since the Department of Justice is arguing that last week’s impeachment vote takes a great deal of the urgency out of the matter, the House’s only recourse is to argue that there may be additional impeachment filings coming. The legal arguments write themselves, and, as we said, they don’t necessarily indicate that Pelosi is genuinely thinking about Impeachment: Round Two.
But Democrats definitely want to keep the possibility open.
House lawmakers who spearheaded the impeachment inquiry have been clear that they intend to continue their investigation into issues raised by Mueller. They see the obstruction of justice claims in that report as a fruitful avenue for new impeachment charges.
From any objective standpoint, we can’t see how this results in anything but disaster for Democrats. You want to prove, beyond any reasonable voter’s doubt, that everything Republicans have been saying is true? That you really are just throwing things at the wall to see what sticks? This move would solidify that argument for anyone other than the most partisan Democrat supporter. Even hinting that it might be possible is an admission that all of this amounts to a witch hunt without end.