Nancy Pelosi may be battling President Trump, but she is also in a dog fight with the House Democrats.
That rabidly want to impeach Trump to send a message. Like a toddler throwing a temper tantrum, they want to do it because it feels good, not because the Senate GOP will go along with it.
So as Pelosi fights to keep them in line, Schiff and Nadler revolt and go out there demanding impeachment for media attention and donor support. Enter Republican Sen. John Kennedy who had enough of the nonsense and drew a line in the sand.
From The Washington Examiner: Republican Sen. John Kennedy said House Democrats should stop debating whether to impeach President Trump.
“The House leadership needs to urinate or get off the pot. The House leadership needs to indict the president of the United States, impeach him, and let us hold a trial. He won’t be convicted,” the Louisiana senator said Wednesday.
“Or they need to go ahead and hold in contempt every single member of the Trump administration so we can move those issues into our court system and go back to doing the people’s business,” he said.
House Democrats have sought information relating to Trump’s tax returns and special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, but the Trump administration has refused to turn over the requested information.
The House Judiciary Committee voted this month to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress after Trump asserted executive privilege over Mueller’s full report and the underlying evidence.
It has also subpoenaed former White House officials Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson as part of the investigation into possible obstruction of justice.
Former White House counsel Don McGahn defied a subpoena from the panel this week, and Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said he will move to hold the lawyer in contempt of Congress.
Kennedy said if the standoff goes to court, it could be a “zero-sum game” that will end in either reduced congressional authority or lead to fewer people wanting to run for the White House.
“Either the administration will win, in which case the oversight authority of the United States Congress will be undermined, or the House leadership will win, in which case no American with a brain above a single-cell organism is going to want to run for the president of the United States,” Kennedy said.