Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s recommendations regarding the imprudence of venturing into an impeachment without having all the necessary proofs and resources are being ignored by several of the Democratic candidates who are in the presidential primary rally.
Until now there are 22 contenders within the progressive wing who want the chance to oust President Donald Trump. For them, the need to include an Impeachment in the debate is already unstoppable.
Calls for impeachment follow the publication of special lawyer Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 elections, which did not establish that Trump’s campaign had conspired with Russia, but did not reach a conclusion on whether the president had obstructed justice, a crime that can be contested.
Mueller presented 10 examples in which Trump may have obstructed justice.
Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke recently told the press in Iowa that the report’s findings confirmed that Trump should be impeached, despite Pelosi’s warning.
When asked about Pelosi’s position, O’Rourke said, “I mean we´re two different people. And I really respect the Speaker and what she´s been able to do, but when asked my opinion, I´ve got to give my opinion and not anybody else’s”.
Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, was one of the first 2020 candidates to call for an impeachment in the days following the publication of Mueller´s report , and said at that time she had not discussed with Pelosi her request for Trump’s removal from office.
California Democrat Senator Kamala Harris, as well as former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, were also among the 2020 contenders who asked for Trump’s impeachment.
That number is growing amid allegations that the White House is blocking Democratic investigations and Attorney General William Barr’s refusal to testify before a House panel.
And last week, news revealing that Mueller had privately expressed concern over the initial four-page summary of Barr’s report on Russia, just added fuel to calls for impeachment.
Former Vice President Joe Biden said last week that Congress would have “no alternative” but to impeach Trump if the White House blocks the Democrat investigations.
The appeals of the 2020 contenders line them up with a handful of prominent liberals who are demanding Democratic leaders to accept impeachment.
Leader Nancy Pelosi remains firm in her position. She said to The New York Times that the best way to eliminate Trump is to defeat him firmly at the polls next year, a strategy that will serve to avoid turning too far to the left.
Translated by: José Espinoza