Reporter’s Notebook: The ‘impeachment resolution, “and the Dems’ fight over its meaning

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Reaction of Chrystal Hayes, the Washington correspondent for USA Today.

“It is not an impeachment resolution,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Pelosi announced that the house would hold, in fact, a vote to formalize the charge of the probe, and set up the parameters for the investigation at the end of last month.

The speaker of the house of representatives had not argued for weeks, such a step is necessary. Congress-Republicans and members of the administration that the White house should not cooperate, because the house codifies never the information.

“You would have much to discuss dear, process,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the question the GOP needs for a vote. “You can’t defend the President’s behavior.”

So, in mid-October, I asked Pelosi, “why don’t you call the administration’s bluff?”

Pelosi had none of it.

“Why?” an incredulous Pelosi replied. “Because we are not here to call bluffs. We are here to find the truth, to uphold the Constitution of the United States. This is not a game for us. This is deadly serious.”

When I followed up on it, Pelosi the word cut me.

“We are not there,” Pelosi said in a prospective impeachment process to the vote.

Some moderate and conservative Democrats from battleground districts breathed a sigh of relief. Some were skeptical, impeachment, and it would avoid prefer to the topic as a whole. You would prefer to discuss health care and infrastructure issues, perhaps the adoption of the United States–Mexico–Canada agreement [USMCA] trade package.

The Democrats would not deny that you may have to vote on the impeachment of President Trump. But to know these legislators seemed to be, the less you would have to do with impeachment, the better you were. So, hold off on impeachment, as long as she could, was fine with them.

Pelosi then Vice versa, of course. She ordered a vote on the structure of the impeachment investigation. Wanted to the time, many reporters know what had Pelosi in mind. So, Rebecca Kaplan of CBS News simply asked the speaker to tell her “about the impeachment resolution.” That is, if Pelosi has not responded with the words, it was “an impeachment resolution.”


To be fair, the resolution in question was not to accuse the President of the United States. But, at this stage, the contours of the resolution were vague, at best.

Pelosi announced plans to mount a resolution in a “Dear colleague” letter sent to house Democrats on Oct. 28. In your missive, Pelosi, the current, existing investigation, carried out currently by our committees as a part of this indictment request said the resolution “reaffirms.” A note at the end of the letter gave a brief description of what the resolution would do: “a Director of certain committees will continue their ongoing investigation in the framework of the existing house of representatives, investigation of whether there is sufficient evidence for the house of representatives for the exercise of their constituent power, charges Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, and for other purposes.”

So, it is easy to understand why people would be around the Capitol colloquially refer to this as an “impeachment resolution” – even if it was far away from the actual indictment.


But the sensitivity is on the resolution, Democrats and the potential toxicity ambient the word “indictment.”

Think about what is happening, a day later, at the weekly “pen and pad” briefing with House majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md. I wanted to threatens to ask Hoyer about a possible collision course this fall on Capitol Hill: prosecution, an effort to the approval of the USMCA and the prospects for a government shutdown on Oct. 22.

“You move an impeachment resolution in the house this week. You try to move USMCA. You can see a kind of…,” I said, before Hoyer interrupted.

“We are not an impeachment resolution in this week’s move,” he said. The Maryland Democrat said he had not seen the resolution to add, “We will see whether we are going to plan.”

This flew in the face of Pelosi’s letter the day before. Still, Hoyer’s reaction, some of the signals of vulnerabilities among Democrats on the issue.

“If it’s not an indictment resolution, what is it?” I asked the majority leader. “And, as it should be called that in the minds of democratic leadership?”

Hoyer responded to the question at the end with a thick answers about the courts and the Republicans call for a vote on the structure of the impeachment process.

“I don’t know what an ‘impeachment resolution” is complete,” Hoyer said.

I followed up to.

“It will not be called in the situation, in shorthand, but?”

“You know, we have us round and round and round about this,” said Hoyer. “We have a request, whether the indictment is justified by the facts.”

I asked again.

“You are reluctant to call it [a] ‘impeachment resolution” because of the potential for the public to recognize the in this stage as an impeachment of the President, although you are obviously several steps short?” I asked.

“I want to be very careful in my verbiage, because I’ve found that it’s always misunderstood by those who either write the stories or the headlines,” said Hoyer. “I want to be very precise. We will continue the process of determining whether the “high crimes and misdemeanors” they were committed, the President of the United States, which would justify, at this point in time, the process with the indictment.”


A few days later, the house approved the resolution, the rules, the reason for the current impeachment investigation.

It didn’t matter what was called, the resolution or was called a few weeks ago. The Congress has apalooza in impeach. It is not a quibble about what to consume Capitol Hill. Some Democrats may worry about the political consequences of the indictment. Leaders like Pelosi and Hoyer can try to parse words about the indictment, but we are beyond the point of no return now.


Impeachment is the political equivalent of the Popeye’s chicken sandwich. Nothing commands so much attention.

Some Democrats in Congress have boasted how you only got a handful of questions about impeachment at symposia and town-hall meetings back in their districts. The could be dominated change with impeachment. How would that go for the Democrats, on the field of battle represented districts? It’s hard to say. You have outwitted him so far, but the possibility of political danger lurked behind every corner, vulnerable for Democrats.

Voters skunked house Democrats at the elections of the last time they had the majority and devoted their time to a major Problem: the passage of ObamaCare. It is unclear whether charges Democrats in this round could jeopardize.

Indictment would not necessarily be a gift to the Republicans, either. Congressional Republicans would have to explain the indomitable defense of the Trump. Your boilerplate approach is to attack the process, attack the whistleblower and ignore some of the evidence for Trump and his team sufficient? The approach to field work in the districts and States, the “all-expand in” for trump, but the sell is a hard, if the Republicans would try the game.

With charge steamrolling other issues, the Democrats have tried to convince the public that other legislation was in progress.

Hoyer a “Dear colleague” letter Friday to expect, reminding of the members distributed, that the work on the renewal of the Export-Import Bank and the efforts to lower prescription costs drug.

“The house is more to do important work for the people who said to themselves as our committees continue to be the impeachment request,” Hoyer said. “We can, and we continue to make progress on critical issues, while adhering to our Constitutional duty.”

Rep., Haley Stevens, D-Mich., a district of red and blue turned around in the last year, becoming the first Democrat to win that seat since the mid-1960s. Trump had carried the district by three points.

Stevens explained how the house was working on the production of measures, and invoices development of technology and science in the making.

Some have already heard about the preparation of the legislation now. You hear about the impeachment.


“Well, if all you do is just the cable news, [indictment’ seems like everything we do,” said Stevens.

Seems to be.

This would be why some Democrats were concerned about the impeachment. It is such a powerful force, it’s all muscled other.

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