In the wake of the mounting controversy over the now infamous Ukrainian phone call, house speaker Nancy Pelosi has said she may be left with no other choice than to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump.
Despite the results of the Mueller report and cries by other Democrats for impeachment, Pelosi has been reluctant to even use the “I” word, let alone suggest that the House would proceed with same. Probably because she fears the political costs of impeaching a still very popular Donald Trump, and also because she knows impeachment will go absolutely nowhere in the Senate, as support for Trump among Republican Senators remains unshaken.
However, on Monday, only a few hours after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said her party’s failure so far to impeach President Trump amounted to a major “national scandal,” Pelosi appeared to relent, and warn that a “whole new stage of investigation” could be approaching.
Pelosi specifically said that the unknown whistleblower who reportedly alleged that Trump acted improperly during a July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy must be allowed to speak to Congress, and the full whistleblower complaint must be provided. Pelosi went on to say that if such demands to get to see the full complaint are not met, that the Trump administration would then be entering a “grave new chapter of lawlessness” that would necessitate “drastic action,” by the House, presumably, the drafting of articles of impeachment.
“We must be sure that the President and his Administration are always conducting our national security and foreign policy in the best interest of the American people, not the President’s personal or political interest,” Pelosi said.
Speaking to CNN’s “State of the Union,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., also said impeachment was on the table.
This kind of rhetoric from two of the top leaders of the Democratic Party, came soon after Ocasio-Cortez rekindled her simmering feud with Pelosi and her own party in the form of a fiery tweet: “At this point, the bigger national scandal isn’t the president’s lawbreaking behavior – it is the Democratic Party’s refusal to impeach him for it.”
Fallout From the Ukraine Phone Call Thus Far
Since the story broke, the President has admitted that he had communicated with Zelenskiy about Biden, and that the conversation concerned “the corruption taking place and largely the fact that we don’t want our people like Vice President Biden and his son [contributing] to the corruption already in the Ukraine.”
The President and top officials have maintained that nothing inappropriate occurred on the call.
Trump adding, “No quid pro quo, there was nothing… The new president is saying that he’s going to be able to rid the country of corruption and I said that would be a great thing, we had a great conversation.”
However, even some Republicans cautioned that the situation could be serious. Utah GOP Sen. Mitt Romney, a onetime Trump presidential rival, tweeted that “If the President asked or pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate his political rival, that would be troubling in the extreme.”
However, at the same time, California Rep. Devin Nunes predicted on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures, that Biden’s campaign is likely unraveling at the seams, and “all because of the newly resurfaced reports about his possible misconduct in Ukraine that first originated back when Hillary Clinton was trying to make sure Biden didn’t get in the race.”
On Monday, Trump went on to say that the Ukraine allegations are “just as ridiculous as the others,” branding it “the Ukraine Witch Hunt” — a nod to former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.
“Will fail again!” Trump tweeted.