Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the do-nothing Congress will be back at work next week. Most did not miss Congress nor will even notice they are back as they are stuck in partisan muck.
They can’t do anything and neither side will dare cross the aisle and possibly give the other side a political win.
It is a sad commentary on the current state of politics in the swamp. Pelosi for her part wants to have it both ways and she is running out of time.
Her strategy it seems is to delay formal impeachment hearings until the election and let the American people decide.
It is smart as impeaching a fairly popular Trump could backfire and hand the GOP the House and Senate in 2020.
But Nadler is getting pressure from the base and may very well ruin Pelosi’s carefully laid out plan. From Politico:
The House Judiciary Committee is preparing to take its first formal vote to define what Chairman Jerry Nadler calls an ongoing “impeachment investigation” of President Donald Trump, according to multiple sources briefed on the discussions.
The panel could vote as early as Wednesday on a resolution to spell out the parameters of its investigation. The precise language is still being hammered out inside the committee and with House leaders. A draft of the resolution is expected to be release Monday morning.
The issue was raised Friday during a conference call among the committee’s Democrats. A source familiar with the discussion said any move next week would be intended to increase the “officialness” of the ongoing probe, following a six-week summer recess in which some Democrats struggled to characterize to their constituents that the House had already begun impeachment proceedings. Democrats are hopeful that explicitly defining their impeachment inquiry will heighten their leverage to compel testimony from witnesses.
Though the language of the resolution is still in flux, some sources said it could incorporate elements of traditional impeachment probes, such as offering access to the president’s attorneys or providing for more time to question witnesses. There was discussion among some Democrats on Friday’s call about the strength of the language in the resolution, according to sources briefed on the call…
… In early August, Nadler publicly declared that his committee had already launched impeachment proceedings despite taking no formal vote to do so. The claim sparked confusion, even among some Democrats, who sought clarification as they faced questions from progressive constituents about the status of the House’s effort to recommend Trump’s removal from office.