When Attorney General Barr released his wounded version of Robert Mueller’s report, House Democrats, under the tight control of Nancy Pelosi, announced that they would begin a process of examining the contents of the report, in addition to conducting oversight in several other areas. They then left town on a ten-day recess. Those ten days drained a disturbing amount of fuel from our democracy. The Democrats’ tepid response allowed Barr and Trump to peddle the lie that Mueller had found no collusion and no obstruction.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi ignited the chattering class this week by stating: “Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it.” Trump and his supporters were quick to read full exoneration into her comments. In reality, the statement should have no effect on the work of the House of Representatives. It means that impeachment makes no sense before we’ve seen what emerges from Mueller and the oversight work of the committees. At some point down the investigative road, the House will decide whether to begin formal impeachment proceedings.