After Mueller, Democrats Try to Navigate a Tricky Line

Pelosi wants members to stop talking about collusion
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2019 5:33 AM CDT
Pelosi's Advice to Democrats: Stop Talking About Collusion
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi boards an elevator as she leaves a House Democratic meeting in the U.S. Capitol Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 25, 2019.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Mueller report has left Democrats in a bind, and the Hill sums it up: More liberal supporters don't want them to let up on aggressive oversight of President Trump, but they risk alienating a large group of moderate voters who have investigation "fatigue." A few stories have details on the emerging strategy:

  • No 'collusion' talk: The Washington Post reports that Nancy Pelosi and other House leaders agreed Monday night on a new strategy: Members should stop talking about collusion and instead focus on bread-and-butter legislative issues ahead of the 2020 election.

  • Forget impeachment: Pelosi had expressed reservations about pursuing impeachment even before this weekend, and now the idea is all but officially dead, both the Post and Politico report. Democrats would have needed GOP support from the likes of Sens. Susan Collins and Mitch McConnell, and both of them have said impeachment talks should now be off the table. "It seems to me that we have seen no grounds at all for impeachment proceedings to be started by the House," said Collins.
  • A deadline: Democrats still want to have the full Mueller report in their hands, however, saying that the attorney general's summary cannot be trusted. NBC News reports that six Democratic committee chairs sent a letter to Barr on Monday asking for the full report to be submitted to them by April 2.
(More Mueller report stories.)

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