Democrats are trying to deny that if they win Congress in 2018, they will move to impeach Donald Trump.
But their behind-the-scenes maneuvering suggests otherwise.
And they took the biggest step yet to ensure they move to impeach the President in 2019.
Democrats are already measuring the drapes.
They believe winning control of Congress is a cinch.
Part of their preparations is determining who will chair committees if they take power.
The biggest behind-the-scenes fight took place to choose the ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee.
In a secret ballot, New York Democrat Jerry Nadler was chosen.
This election was significant because articles of impeachment will originate in the Judiciary Committee.
Democrats chose Nadler because they view him as a constitutional “expert” – although since he is a Democrat their definition of constitutional expert is very loose – so he would be best suited to run point on impeaching Trump.
The Washington Post reports that this move signals once-and-for-all their intention to attempt to remove Trump from office should they win control of Congress:
“Yet Nadler anchored his candidacy for his new position, vacated with the resignation of Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.), on the 13 years he has spent as chairman or ranking Democrat on the panel’s Constitution subcommittee and, more recently, its courts subcommittee.
He also politely reminded Democrats in recent days of his efforts, beginning in the mid-1980s and continuing into last decade, to impede Trump’s efforts to develop portions of New York’s Upper West Side, which Nadler has represented in the New York State Assembly, and subsequently the House, for more than 40 years.
Nadler won a secret ballot 118 to 72, demonstrating that this caucus wants to be ready to clash with Trump if it vaults into the majority after next year’s midterm elections.
“There is nobody better prepared, if the president messes around with the Constitution, to handle it than Jerry Nadler,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said after the vote.”
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