To impeach, or not to impeach — that is the question that House Democrats are struggling to answer.
The radical progressive wing of the Democrat controlled house is desperately trying to start impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump while cooler heads are advising restraint.
There are only about 60 representatives in favor of impeachment, which means they still need another 158 votes, which aren’t coming even thought they control the House politically. Many of the freshmen democrats are in favor of impeachment, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Talib, and Ilhan Omar just to name a few.
They are directly opposed to seasoned veteran Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s stance of “not even close to impeachment.”
Pelosi has been trying to talk some sense into the more vocal progressives, advising them that all that impeachment will do is anger moderate fence sitting democrats and cost them the election.
Ocasio-Cortez has been quoted as directly opposing the Speaker on this issue. Ocasio-Cortez and the rest of the impeachment crowd believe that “an impeachment inquiry is right on our doorstep.” To not start the proceedings would be “sitting on their hands,” Ocasio-Cortez says.
“It seems as though we’re kind of sitting on our hands. So, if now isn’t the time, then I think a lot of folks would like to know, when is the time.”
These folks believe that there is already enough evidence to impeach the president. Ocasio-Cortez had this to say on twitter about the evidence:
Mueller’s report is clear in pointing to Congress’ responsibility in investigating obstruction of justice by the President.
It is our job as outlined in Article 1, Sec 2, Clause 5 of the US Constitution.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 18, 2019
The impeachment train may not be as smooth a ride as some of these House Democrats hope. A recent poll of 41 freshmen Democrats in previous GOP seats found some interesting numbers. Half of the them did not respond and the vast majority of representatives that did respond said either no, or that they were undecided.
This issue is a big divider even among democrats and it would be a foolish move for a fringe element within the party to push for impeachment. Especially with the lack of evidence against the president. Time will only tell weather these democrats will try to impeach or not.