Reporter’s Notebook: With ship, Pelosi actions speak louder than words

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CAPITOL HILL – Just in the last year, a lost studio album from the jazz great John Coltrane has been excavated. Coltrane recorded the tracks in 1963. The album is entitled “Both directions at Once.”

The name of Coltrane’s work embodies what the Democrats are trying to do with impeachment now, and everything else on Capitol Hill. Both directions go at once.

After all, Democrats dove headlong into the impeachment inquiry surrounding President Trump this week. It was “real”. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., had announced their support for the request nearly a month old, but the Congress soon after Washington left for a week long recess in late September.

When the legislators returned to Capitol Hill last Tuesday afternoon, the prosecution got really real. Most of the members started to pour back in the Capitol after 4 p.m. ET Tuesday. Pelosi led a series of leadership meetings. The house began to vote a row on the floor at 6:30, but Democrats have scheduled a rare caucus meeting for 6 p.m.


Democrats usually hold their weekly caucus meeting the next morning – the day after-members to Washington return. But, an additional group of the Conclave, particularly in the evening – something.

Reporter the Capitol flooded last Tuesday afternoon, to know charges getting real” as a legislator was “back to Washington. The house, intelligence, control and Foreign Affairs committees had already closed the lead by several days to-door interviews with witnesses about the recess, but it was different with all of the legislators back in town. What had told their constituents to you, about impeachment? Was this the right thing to do? Democrats were playing wrong? The Republicans will break with the President?

Pelosi led an afternoon news conference with house education and labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott, D-Va., about college affordability. Of course, a couple of reporters questioned Pelosi with questions about prosecution, not education fees. A question turned to why the speaker would not say, a vote on the floor to form the charge probe formalize. The Republicans have crowed for days, the Democrats were the handling charges properly, without a vote.


During the press conference with Scott, Pelosi suggested, you could say something about such a formal vote after a meeting with your leadership team and group.

The Capitol buzzed.

But, if various members of Pelosi’s inner circle left the leadership suite a few hours later, no one seemed sure if the speaker would call a vote.

“If that’s what she’s planning,” a Democrat said, “you close to keeps your cards really.”

That’s when Pelosi announced staff, a rare evening press conference. “6:30” was the budding time, but insiders suspect it would actually start closer to 7 a.m., with the roll-call votes on the floor, and the full caucus were sitting. Certainly, the speaker had to summon a big announcement about the indictment, the Reporter to the house, the studio in this hour.

The Republicans called for a vote for weeks. It was not long ago that they planned to weaponize represented as districts roll-call-recording against Democrats in swing. In a vote, the Parameter of the charge request of the full House – which happened in the year 1974 by President Richard Nixon, and in the year 1998 with U.S. President Bill Clinton, in contrast, would actually accuse the vote. But, the Republicans thought, allegedly, it could be the boomerang, that the vote against the 31 Democrats in districts in which Trump had put through. The Republicans would ask, do the Democrats support an “extreme” idea of the charges formulated by Pelosi, or you are with the President?


But, the idea of a vote on the structure of the charge have developed. The Trump management was on it, it will not work with the Democrats ” impeachment inquiry without a vote. So, we wondered whether Pelosi might take the car. The management would not have a leg to, if approved by the house, a corresponding resolution. President Trump’s defenders in Congress have spent most of their time arguing about the process. Do you want to process? Well, the Democrats could now type “process”.

“I’m certainly open to that,” said Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn., when asked about such a voice. “Most of us are on the plate already.”

But, in contrast to the thinking, a few weeks ago for a vote, the parameters for the request could flip to the Republicans. For some house Republicans from Texas, North Carolina, Florida, Nevada and Michigan, a vote for an impeachment inquiry process could be problematic. If this swing-district Republicans to vote against the investigation, the Democrats, maybe even offensive, the vote against the GOP. In addition, if all the Republicans vote with the Democrats for a “request,” everyone will likely face a trump-Challenger. That is to say, that nothing of the, drawing the wrath of the President himself. If vulnerable Republicans against the initiation of the investigation, you could face trouble in the General election.

But, there would be no such vote.

As a Reporter waited in the house, the studio, word filtered out that Pelosi would not call for a vote to formalize the impeachment process. But, the speaker had a special guest at the press conference: house Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

Pelosi press event began at precisely 7 o’clock –first, sans ship. And, instead of updating reporters on impeachment Pelosi spoke of a variety of other topics: efforts to reduce the cost of prescription drugs, the tuition fees legislation, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement, arms, sanctions against Turkey. The speakers were hardly anything said about the charge up to the ship.

Only, it would not be Pelosi addressing charges. Pelosi, the yield-to-ship would.

What happened next was remarkable.

Actions speak louder than words. Pelosi then walked off the Podium, leaving the ship at the lectern. Pelosi took a seat in the first row of the Radio /TV gallery Studio, in the midst of the reporters, to hear, to ship. Everything you lacked, was a notebook and a tape recorder.

There are many ways to read Pelosi to postpone the decision to ship. It was almost, to indicate that the prosecution was under the ship, silo, and his only. Congressional leaders to cede often like to current for your Committee-Chairman – or at least the illusion of an assignment, the Committee Chairman makes. Perhaps the speaker was distancing itself from the indictment, or indicating that the house would perform its impeachment investigation and simultaneously work on other legislation. A skeptic might have seen, Pelosi is sitting on the decision in the first row, as a way to divorce itself from the prosecution request, or you say, “Adam, it’s all on you. Not Screws.”

This is the narrow path Democrats have to go now – balancing of the charges and the discussion about education, trade, weapons, and medicine. But, impeachment, almost every headline consume seems every conversation on the Capitol. It is unclear how Democrats could slice through the removal of noise with your other messages. Law enforcement could be seen as a muscular easy. Maybe Democrats embarked on this path at your own risk.

There is only one way to go, of course. Or, as John Coltrane could say, go “Both ways at Once.”

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