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Impeachment efforts flounder

by Harvest Prude
Posted 9/18/19, 11:38 am

WASHINGTON—Some House Democrats have kicked off impeachment efforts against President Donald Trump and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee held its first impeachment hearing with former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. The same day, Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., filed an impeachment resolution against Kavanaugh.

Will Congress impeach either one? Lewandowski gave lawmakers nothing new on the president and refused to answer questions about anything outside what special counsel Robert Mueller already reported from his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. A majority of House Democrats support impeaching the president, but they don’t have enough votes for the articles of impeachment to pass in the chamber. House leadership has largely dismissed the effort to impeach Kavanaugh. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told CNN she didn’t see the House spending any time on it.

Dig deeper: Check out POLITICO’s new poll showing only 37 percent of voters support impeachment proceedings, while half oppose them.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a political reporter for WORLD's Washington Bureau. She is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Harvest resides in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter @HarvestPrude.

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  •  phillipW's picture
    Posted: Wed, 09/18/2019 12:53 pm

    What a colossal waste of time Congress is.  If I had a dollar for every day that they completely waste it on doing nothing, well, let's just say I'd make Solomon look poor by comparison.

  • not silent
    Posted: Thu, 09/19/2019 10:38 am

    It does often look like Congress is kind of a circus, but someone recently reminded me that our government was set up with checks and balances for a reason and that the governments that get things done "quickly" do so because people don't have a voice.  This is a huge nation with many different kinds of people, and letting people have a voice can be messy!  No human institution is going to work perfectly or "save" us, but I think our government is better than most. Also, I want to believe that there are reasonable members of Congress, but they aren't the ones who are quoted often because it's not sensational enough for the media.

    It IS frustrating when we see time spent on things that don't seem to matter to us, but something like this DOES matter to some citizens of the country.  If we want the government to care about our concerns, we have to allow for the concerns of others. I've spoken to people who think it's absolutely essential that any possible crimes be investigated. (Of course, they tend to focus on potential crimes by members of the opposing party; but I've seen that on BOTH sides of the aisle.)  Let me add that the use of inuendo in place of fact and/or evidence by public figures and the media is getting ridiculous, and THAT should also be addressed on BOTH sides.  But any real potential issues should be investigated.  I would add that I don't think whether or not to impeach someone should be decided by polls-it should be decided by law and evidence.   

    Incidentally, WE are the ones who voted for the members of Congress!  If we don't like them, we can use our votes.  We as Christians can set a better example, if we are willing.  I've said this before, but surely there are enough of us who can demand more from our leaders.  If we keep choosing to reward certain qualities in leaders that may seem attractive in the short term but ultimately wind up hurting the country (i.e., people who won't compromise, admit mistakes, or work with others who disagree), we will keep having these problems. 

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 09/18/2019 02:30 pm

    I’m totally in favor of the House Democrats ramping up impeachment proceedings. But I would prefer they do it no earlier than mid-2020. 

    That way, the debacle would still be fresh in voters minds when we reach the 2020 elections. 

    Posted: Wed, 09/18/2019 04:47 pm

    Of course there are people who want Trump impeached. 

    Trump Derangement Syndrome isn't going away.

    I wonder how many of those people they "polled" actually voted in the Pres. election. 

    OBAMA was our pres. for 2 terms. The man was EVIL, but I didn't get Obama Derangement Syndrome. 

  • JerryM
    Posted: Wed, 09/18/2019 07:23 pm

    It’s an impeachment bonanza!  The democrats continue to provide more inspiration for political cartoonists...