House Speaker Nancy Pelosi set the Democrats on a course to impeach President Trump.
Democrats counted on this issue as a political winner heading into 2020.
But Nancy Pelosi was seeing red after suffering this massive impeachment setback.
For weeks, Republicans hammered Democrats over House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff holding impeachment hearings in secret and the Democrats’ refusal to hold an official vote to open an impeachment inquiry.
Speaker Pelosi and other Democrats were unnerved by these arguments and put out feelers about holding a vote.
But that effort ground to a halt when a committee chairman and vulnerable Democrats running for re-election refused to support such a vote.
The Daily Caller reports:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is holding off on a potential vote approving an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, Politico reported Tuesday, citing sources familiar with the matter.
House leaders could reassess their decision at some point, the report notes. The report comes after Politico reported earlier Tuesday that House Democratic leaders are asking vulnerable members if they would support a formal vote.
Leaders are “getting a read on where these members are following a two-week recess,” an aide noted. Pelosi, who was reticent at first to promote an impeachment inquiry, is lobbying her caucus to go on the record.
“I’ll be talking about that later today, after I meet with my colleagues,” the California Democrat told reporters, referring to whether she intends to get a feel for how the moderate wing of her party feel about the idea.
If impeachment is the political boon for Democrats that they publicly claim it is, then the Democrats in the toughest races would welcome such a vote.
Instead, Democrats representing swing districts are running away from officially voting on the record to move ahead with impeachment.
That should tell Americans all they need to know about which side truly benefits from impeachment.
We will keep you up-to-date on any mew developments in this ongoing story.