Temperatures Rise On Impeachment As Congress Heads Back Into Session

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks during her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on May 2, 2019. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
June 3, 2019 8:34 a.m.

Now that the holiday is over, impeachment-hungry Democrats are back on Capitol Hill — and feeling the pressure to sway House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to their cause before the 2020 elections suck all the air out of the room.

According to a Politico report, Democrats foresee more White House stonewalling on witnesses they want before cameras: former communications director Hope Hicks and former White House lawyer Annie Donaldson. This stymies their plan to put the Mueller report on television in an easily understandable format to sway public opinion on impeachment.

“It’s about whether Democrats — the Judiciary Committee, specifically — can exploit this moment and Mueller’s statements to ignite a national conversation about the extent of President Trump’s abuse of power and ways to hold him accountable,” a House Democrat aide told Politico. “The true test of that is going to be in June. If you can’t do that with what he gave us, there’s no way you’re ready for impeachment.”

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