Second time Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is finding allies in formerly dissident Democrats by reigning in her fellow Congressmen on the issue of impeachment, according to a report in The Hill.
The campaign to oust President Donald Trump began to grow from the time he took office, and many Democrats have joined the charge.
However, in the few short weeks, since the speaker took over, Pelosi has time and again pushed back against impeachment talks, according to The Hill.
Pelosi has argued that Democrats must wait for the special counsel Robert Mueller to wrap up his investigation and that lawmakers shouldn’t attempt to remove a sitting president on insufficient evidence. That push has won over some of Trump’s critics.
“I’m in Speaker Pelosi’s camp. I think we have to see the report,” said Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), a leader of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
“Every week Mueller gives us something else to be aware of. And so most people think he’s doing a very good job. And we ought to let him finish.”
Rep. Steve Cohen a Democrat from Tennessee who formerly heavily supported impeachment articles in Congress has yet to introduce any this year and said that there’s no longer urgency to do so, and said that no effort to remove the president will succeed without the backing of the American people.
Cohen’s hope seems to be that when Mueller’s probe is wrapped up, there will be sufficient evidence to win over the people, and that impeachment will be imamate at that point.
“Those people, including myself, who think he’s committed impeachable offenses and should be impeached understand also the pragmatic politics of waiting for the report as proof to get more of the American public in agreement. Because you’ve got to have the American public on your side,” Cohen said.
“I think Mueller’s report will be a blockbuster.”