Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Favors Impeachment Inquiry

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Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has come out in favor of at least the US House Democrats commencing an impeachment inquiry based on the FBI’s 3/22/2019 final report regarding its 22 months long Trump-Russia probe’s findings which enumerated numerous felonies committed by the republican President Donald Trump.

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As per the June 4, 2019 Politico report, “Harry Reid: House should start Trump impeachment inquiry” by Marianne Levine, “Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, in a turnaround, now says the House should begin an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.”

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“In an interview with USA Today on Monday, the Nevada Democrat said that “it’s not the right thing to do nothing” about allegations that Trump obstructed justice in the Russia investigation. But he also said “it’s not the right thing to jump into impeachment without doing an inquiry.” Reid added that an impeachment inquiry would help determine where public opinion is on the issue.”

“Reid’s comments are a reversal from few weeks ago, when he told The New York Times that he had concerns similar to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s about a possible political backlash if the House moved forward on impeachment. ”

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On June 3, 2019, Adam Jentleson, the former deputy chief of staff to former Senate majority leader Harry Reid for GQ penned the following analysis, “The Political Costs of Not Impeaching Trump” (“Democrats are ceding legitimacy to Trump’s claims of exoneration by giving him a pass.”)

Excerpts:

 “February 13, 2016, Justice Antonin Scalia died. Before his body was in the ground, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he would block anyone President Barack Obama nominated to fill Scalia’s seat. The next week, Jeb Bush dropped out of the Republican primary, quickly followed by Marco Rubio, and eventually Ted Cruz, leaving Donald Trump as the presumptive nominee. Polls showed Hillary Clinton beating Trump by solid margins, with forecasters pegging her chances of victory from 71 to 85 percent, and Democrats favored to take back the Senate.”

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“I was working for Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid at the time. Being in the minority limited our options for overcoming McConnell’s blockade. But whenever we started to contemplate more aggressive tactics, they were dismissed on the theory that the upcoming election would sort everything out. Why rock the boat, we told ourselves. We’re on a glide path to victory in November, and then President Clinton will submit her Supreme Court nominee.”

“The rest is history. McConnell’s decision to block Garland consolidated Republican support behind Trump and helped him pull off a narrow victory. Instead of a Democratic president appointing a liberal justice to tilt the balance of the Supreme Court, Trump has appointed 2 justices to entrench a conservative majority for a generation.”

“Republicans wielded their power while we hoped for the best.”

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“There are two lessons here for House Democrats as they debate whether to open an impeachment inquiry into President Trump.”

“First, polling can change.”

“I don’t know how else to say this: getting impeached is bad. It’s not something you want to happen to you, especially if you’re president. You don’t want to go down as one of only four presidents in history to be impeached. This is a bad thing. Only Democrats, bless our hearts, could convince ourselves that it is good for a president to be impeached.”

“Richard Nixon’s approval rating was at 65 percent when his impeachment process began and only 19 percent of the public supported his impeachment. By the end, the numbers had flipped: his approval was 24 percent and support for impeachment was 57 percent. Former president Bill Clinton survived because he was popular and the man pursuing him, Independent Counsel Ken Starr, wasn’t. The public rightly thought Starr was on a fishing expedition. By contrast, Special Counsel Robert Mueller is popular and the public thinks he is fair, while Trump is historically unpopular. Even though Clinton survived, his heir apparent lost the next election—which he had been heavily favored to win—while Republicans gained seats in Congress.”

“The second lesson from the Garland experience is that like nature, power abhors a vacuum. The decision not to impeach is not a decision to focus on other things, it is a decision to cede power, control, and legitimacy to Trump. Trump is not a master chess player, he just bluffs his opponents into forfeiting their moves—and that is exactly what he is doing to House Democrats.”

“For their part, House Democrats have argued that by foregoing impeachment they can shift the conversation to topics their consultants tell them are safer ground, like health care. That’s not going to happen. Reporters cover news, and only events that drive news can shift the message. House Democrats are understandably proud of having run and won on health care in the 2018 midterms. But their campaign messages were buoyed by a constant flood of major health care news coming out of Washington, DC, driven by the very real threat that Republicans would repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act. But since Democrats took back the House, that’s not going to happen. This is a good thing, but it severely limits Democrats’ ability to drive news on health care. Passing bills in the House that are guaranteed to go nowhere in McConnell’s Senate, as House Democrats recently did with bills to strengthen Obamacare and lower drug prices, will not drive a message.”

5 comments

  1. I firmly believe it’s necessary too impeach now so that even if it fails you go into the next election knowing the Democrats believe Trump has broken the law and that only cronyism has saved him.There is still time the to fight the election letting the Republicans know Trump was lucky to avoid impeachment for he’s surely guilty.
    Once Trump is found guilty of the crimes Mueller’s report suggested, I think the law should go after his sons and his son-in-law for the part they played in helping Russia subvert the election.McConnell would be well advised to hurry out to pasture.
    Hugs Gronda.

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    • Dear David Prosser,

      I agree with you 100%.

      Speaker Pelosi is right to be spooked with worries that an Impeachment Inquiry could be a political minefield.

      But I.m believing that the political consequences will be far more serious if she refuses to act in directing the House to commence an Impeachment Inquiry.

      She’s been saying he should do prison time vs. being impeached. My thinking is, that if she believes he’s committed crimes, then she has a constitutionally mandated duty to commence impeachment proceedings. This isn’t a binary choice. President Trump has 1 yr. and 1/2 left in his term where he can just commit more crimes.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  2. Attractive as this is I still fear that the Unholy Church of Trump will mobilise each and every one of its followers into the ugliest media war you have ever seen, such that it will swamp the 2020 election.
    I prefer the strategy of a message ‘We’re waiting. After 2020, we’re coming to get you,’
    As Trump is a volatile and not very intelligent fellow this prodding would be likely to unsettle him into even more follies and show him for what he is.

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    • Dear Roger,

      There are lots of folks who agree with you. But I’m the school of thought that not acting now allows a would be authoritarian type leader, such as President Trump to push the envelop where he can still do lots of damage, as he has 1 1/2 years left in his term.

      I’m in the Winston Churchill camp that one can’t play footsies with a crazy tyrant while not ending up a paying too high a price for one’s inaction.

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • I’ll defer and respect to your judgement here Gronda, after you’re the one who is ‘on the ground’ so to speak and have to put up with the oaf.

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