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Pelosi Adds New Idea to Impeachment Debate

A way to say 'impeachment' without doing it?
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 11, 2019 2:10 PM CDT
President Donald Trump waves as he leaves the East Room during a celebration of military mothers with first lady Melania Trump at the White House in Washington, Friday, May 10, 2019.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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(Newser) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has introduced a new concept into the debate over President Donald Trump's actions: "self-impeaching." As Trump all but goads Democrats into impeachment proceedings, viewing the showdown as potentially valuable for his 2020 re-election campaign, Democrats appear to be showing restraint. Their investigations are both intensifying but also moving slowly as Democrats dig into the special counsel's Trump-Russia report and examine Trump's finances and governance, the AP reports. The more they push, the more Trump resists, the president making what Pelosi says is his own case for impeachment with his stonewalling of Congress.

"The president is self-impeaching," she told her colleagues last week during a private caucus meeting, echoing comments she also aired in public. "He's putting out the case against himself. Obstruction, obstruction, obstruction. Ignoring subpoenas and the rest." She added, "He's doing our work for us, in a certain respect." There is no actual process for self-impeachment. It's a thought bubble more than a legal term. A pure Pelosi-ism, one that an aide says she coined herself. But as a device, it's a way for Pelosi to frame the often complicated idea of the White House refusing to engage with Congress in the traditional process of checks and balances. "Sometimes people act as if it's impeachment or nothing," Pelosi told reporters. "No, it's not that. It's a path that is producing results and gathering information."

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