Monday, June 10, 2019
If today's hearing was any indication, the House Judiciary Committee has a long way to go before anything resembling President Donald Trump's impeachment transpires. However, if Democrats want to take down President Donald Trump, they're going to have to go ahead and impeach him -- a step that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has made abundantly clear she does not want to take.
If today's hearing was a first step toward impeachment, it was a most tentative tiptoe. It was less a prelude to a constitutional confrontation than a dry law-school seminar that Trump's conduct as described in the special counsel's 448-page opus constituted obstruction of justice, and amounted to a crime. Notably, it was Republican lawmakers who more frequently brought up the "I" word.
"You are functionally here as a prop because they can't impeach President Trump," Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida, told Dean. He wasn't altogether wrong, as this ultimately silly hearing proved.
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