Nancy Pelosi caved to the left-wing of her party. She knows the massive political risks she faces with her new push to impeach Trump, but she was backed into a corner.
And not just by her left flank – all administrations fight Congress but Trump has made it an art form and Trump’s strategy seems to be to dare Pelosi and Nadler to action.
Remember, Trump has been crushing Jerry Nadler for years (did you see him during the Lewandoski debacle?) so it makes sense Trump would test him.
Trump knows the Senate will not convict and he knows this is a political loser for the Democrats and we know that because of Pelosi’s own words.
In this 1998 video during the Clinton impeachment, Pelosi warned the GOP about playing politics with impeachment.
Pelosi said: “Today the Republican majority is not charging the President with fairness, but impeaching him with vengeance.
An investigation of the President, fundamental principles which Americans hold dear — privacy, fairness, checks and balances — have been seriously violated.
And why? We are here — we are here today because the Republicans in the House are paralyzed with hatred of President Clinton.
And until the Republicans free themselves of this hatred, our country will suffer.
I rise to oppose these unfair motions which call for the removal of the President of United States from office, and in doing so wish to point out some differences between the investigation of the President and the investigation of Newt Gingrich.
The first principle in our investigation of Newt Gingrich was that at the moment we found exculpatory information, it would be reported immediately to the accused and be made public.
The independent counsel knew that the President was exonerated with Travelgate, Whitewater and Filegate, and he held that information until the hearing, indeed until after the election.
This was not fair. Indeed, it is the responsibility of any prosecutor to immediately release information that is exculpatory.”