After President Donald Trump fought back and refused to back down, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrats are officially calling it off and giving up — for now.
According to Politico, Pelosi held a meeting with her top lieutenants on Monday and agreed that they are officially closing the door on impeachment for the time being.
Given Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report vindicated the president and Trump has been fighting back against the witch hunts for years, Pelosi obviously sees that pushing for impeachment would blow-up in the Democrats faces.
Here’s more from the Politico report, where Pelosi reportedly told her colleagues that instead of impeachment, they could use their time — and taxpayer money — to investigate Trump with congressional committees.
The speaker vowed to wield the full power of her House majority to “uncover the truth” of Trump’s “highly unethical and unscrupulous behavior in his alleged attempts to obstruct justice days. But the long-time Democratic leader wouldn’t endorse impeaching the president despite a growing chorus from her party’s left flank to immediately hold hearings on the potential ouster of the president.
“We can investigate Trump without drafting articles,” she said during a call with House Democrats, referring to articles of impeachment, according to sources on the call. “We aren’t going to go faster, we are going to go as fast as the facts take us.”
“It is also important to know that the facts regarding holding the President accountable can be gained outside of impeachment hearings,” she wrote earlier Monday afternoon in a letter to House Democrats.
Other Democratic leaders stuck to their scripts on Monday pledging to investigate Trump thoroughly and downplaying impeachment talk. But some Democrats expressed impatience with the party leadership’s resistance to begin the formal process to remove Trump.
“We are struggling to justify why we aren’t beginning impeachment proceedings,” said Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.), a member of the Judiciary Committee, according to sources on the call. “As a 27-year law enforcement officer, and while I understand we need to see the full report and all supporting documents, I believe we have enough evidence now.”
BREAKING: @SpeakerPelosi & her leadership team make clear tonight that they have no plans to immediately initiate impeachment proceedings post-Mueller.
The message to the conference at 5 p.m.: Keep investigating. We’ll see where it goes, per sources on the call.
— Rachael Bade (@rachaelmbade) April 22, 2019
Pelosi is refusing to push impeachment for a few reasons.
As Politico noted, Pelosi knows that trying to impeach Trump simply because Democrats hate him will not sit well with voters in the 2020 election.
Secondly, she also knows that Mueller’s report actually cleared the president of any wrongdoing.
During his press conference from the Department of Justice last week, Attorney General Barr reiterated countless times that Mueller found no evidence that Trump, his campaign, or any American colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
So that is the bottom line. After nearly two years of investigation, thousands of subpoenas, and hundreds of warrants and witness interviews, the Special Counsel confirmed that the Russian government sponsored efforts to illegally interfere with the 2016 presidential election but did not find that the Trump campaign or other Americans colluded in those schemes.
The attorney general also made it clear that the White House offered “unfettered access,” “no redactions,” and “didn’t exert any executive privilege, which would be within their rights.”
This means that Trump and the White House provided Mueller’s team with essentially millions of documents and records — a sign they have nothing to hide.
As Barr made clear: No collusion, no obstruction.