Nancy Pelosi has officially caved and will announce that she has begun a formal impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.
One thing you must know about Pelosi is she would never do this unless she has the votes to impeach.
She still believes it a bad move politically, according to numerous sources, but believes impeachment inevitable.
Biden has tempered calls by saying if Trump releases the whistleblower complaint he would not call for impeachment and that may put off the Dems in the House too.
But not for long because whatever the complaint says will never be enough for the Dems so they will start impeachment anyway.
Politically it will fail as the GOP controlled Senate will never cough up the 67 votes need to actually remove Trump from office but it is important to note the establishment GOP does not like Trump so expect the usual suspects to vote with the Dems and the final tally to fall far short of the 67 needed.
In other words, this will backfire and will actually help Trump in 2020.
Pelosi has told friends that impeachment now feels unavoidable, according to someone who discussed it with her last night. She hates the politics of it, but has succumbed to the inevitability, the source says.
Here’s where it stands as she heads into meetings with House committee chairs and the Democratic Caucus:
On the merits, Pelosi now sees a potential necessity for impeachment even if she dislikes the political impact it could have.
One key factor driving Pelosi’s thinking is that the White House so far has refused to turn over the whistleblower’s complaint about Trump’s actions — something it is required by law to do.
That’s the argument Joe Biden will make this afternoon, per his campaign: that the White House’s refusal to uphold the law would be a tipping point, regardless of the contents of his July 25 call with the Ukranian president.
Pelosi is letting freshman members count the votes within their caucus, which enables them to be responsible for their own fates and insulates Pelosi from later blame.
It also gives her room to create space for any vulnerable Democrats who aren’t on board with impeachment — assuming they get past the necessary 218 votes needed to initiate formal proceedings.
As of today, 154 members of the caucus support impeachment, and that number is rapidly growing.
Several members, including Rep. John Lewis, one of the most influential members to resist endorsing impeachment, announced on Tuesday that they support impeachment proceedings against Trump.
Lewis’ endorsement will likely open the floodgates for other progressive members and those within the Congressional Black Caucus to join him.
Several members have told Axios that Lewis would not publicly support impeachment if Pelosi had advised against it.
Worth noting: This is the last week the House is in session before recessing for two weeks. That could slow down the momentum for impeachment.
Very solid #Dem House leadership source just confirmed to me that @SpeakerPelosi will announce a formal impeachment inquiry this afternoon and imply that she herself favors impeachment of @realDonaldTrump.— Howard Fineman (@howardfineman) September 24, 2019
CONFIRMED: Pelosi will announce a formal impeachment inquiry later today AND share that she personally supports impeaching Donald Trump.— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) September 24, 2019