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Nancy Pelosi’s Argument Against Impeachment, Based on the Clinton Impeachment, Doesn’t Make Sense.

  • Part !: Nancy Pelosi’s Argument Against Impeachment Doesn’t Make Sense
  • The only … question is where one draws the line between conduct that is impeachable but does not mandate impeachment and conduct that is so bad that impeachment becomes a constitutional obligation.
  • Part 2: What Nancy Pelosi Learned From the Clinton Impeachment
  • Interviews with the House speaker’s old friends and colleagues offer a window into her reluctance to pull the pin on a political grenade.

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Part !: Nancy Pelosi’s Argument Against Impeachment Doesn’t Make Sense


https://lawfare.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/staging/s3fs-public/39490142115_0059369e82_b.jpg / Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. (Source: Flickr/Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 2.0)

The only … question is where one draws the line between conduct that is impeachable but does not mandate impeachment and conduct that is so bad that impeachment becomes a constitutional obligation.

Quinta Jurecic, Lawfare

Saturday, June 15, 2019 | Nancy Pelosi has made her position clear: She is not budging from her opposition to impeachment. The speaker of the House considers those who advocate for impeachment proceedings to be naive political extremists, folks who would help get Donald Trump reelected by insisting on a useless pose of ideological purity. Her leadership of the Democratic caucus consists, in no small part, of keeping people who favor impeaching President Trump in check. She is a realist, a grown-up.

There’s only one problem: Her case against impeachment is incoherent.

Pelosi has made a number of arguments. Donald Trump, she says, is “not worth it.” Impeachment would be “the easy way out.” Trump “wants to be impeached so he can be exonerated by the Senate”—and beginning proceedings would be a political gift to him.
 

https://lawfare.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/staging/styles/thumbnail/s3/pictures/picture-435-1517246650.png?itok=uxeCJfHj / Quinta Jurecic is the Managing Editor of Lawfare. She previously served as an editorial writer for the Washington Post and as Lawfare's associate editor.

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Part 2: What Nancy Pelosi Learned From the Clinton Impeachment


https://cdn.theatlantic.com/assets/media/img/mt/2019/06/AP_00033002081/lead_720_405.jpg?mod=1560464349Interviews with the House speaker’s old friends and colleagues offer a window into her reluctance to pull the pin on a political grenade.

Todd S. Purdum, the Atlantic

Jun 15, 2019 | When Republicans voted on impeachment more than 20 years ago, Nancy Pelosi was right there on the House floor, watching as the GOP plunged headfirst into the process without broad public support or the clear prospect of conviction in the Senate. For many establishment Democrats of a certain age—say, those who are now eligible for Medicare—the lesson from that time is clear: Impeaching Bill Clinton was a bad idea that hurt the presidency, the country, and most of all, the House Republican majority.

How Pelosi handles the growing calls from her caucus to begin removal proceedings against Donald Trump will illuminate the degree to which she herself believes that lesson. But as she struggles to manage pressure from roughly a quarter of House Democrats, interviews with some of her old friends and colleagues, and others who were in the trenches of the Clinton impeachment battle, offer a window into Pelosi’s reluctance to pull the pin on that particular grenade just yet. For now, she seems to be keeping her options open, waiting to see whether Congress can unearth new allegations that might shift public opinion.

Todd S. Purdum is a staff writer at the Atlantic.

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