Democratic leadership in the House is attempting reconcile the far left and more moderate wings of the party Tuesday, as conflict brews over the possibility of a Trump impeachment.
While the party has at least considered it an option since Trump took office, elected officials in less than dark blue districts are hesitant given the far reaching political ramifications of such a move amidst an effort to win back the House in 2018. Conversely, traditional blue bloods feel they have waited too long.
Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MASS) voiced his concern in the Democratic House meeting Tuesday, noting that while the move to at least push for an impeachment is a political no-brainer for some, individual members need to keep the party as a whole in mind.
A source in the meeting told the Hill that Capuano referred to Rep. Brad Sherman’s (D-CALI) call for Trump’s impeachment as a selfish maneuver that could have negative political consequences for incumbents and those fighting to win back seats and that there needs to be, “a discussion within the caucus — in a public forum — before we do something that would position our colleagues or our future colleagues.”
One major hangup in pushing for impeachment is quite simple: the evidence could be a lot stronger. Comey’s testimony could be interpreted in a number of different ways, but at the very least it appears Trump did not obstruct justice, and any damning evidence about his personal ties to Russia have yet to surface.
Thus minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CALI) was on the side of Capuano in the meeting Tuesday, and is of the opinion talk of impeachment should quiet down for now.
Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY) chairman of the House Democratic Caucus was in agreement as well and put the voices urging impeachment on hold for the time being: “There is a need for a family discussion before any issue of this magnitude is brought forward,” Crowley told the group, according to the source. “It’s of a courtesy to our colleagues.”
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