On Sunday, House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper and declared that he believes Trump will be impeached “at some point.” However, before that can happen, Democrats must build a solid case for it.
When Tapper asked Clyburn if he thought Democrats would launch impeachment proceedings against Trump, he said “yes, that’s exactly what I feel.”
“What Nancy Pelosi is trying to do, and the rest of us in the House of Representatives, is developing a process to efficiently move on this issue so when we get to the vote, something she calls iron clad I call effective, that is why we are trying to take our time and do this right,” Clyburn said.
Clyburn said the House Democrats are not “particularly interested in the Senate,” but rather are waiting to “bring the public along.”
According to Clyburn, Mueller “developed the grounds for impeachment,” but apparently he feels there isn’t a solid case for it yet. If the Mueller report didn’t build a solid case for it, which it didn’t, then what exactly can Democrats do to build that case? The answer is nothing.
Clyburn knows very well that the public doesn’t support impeachment. If there was more support for it, they’d have gone ahead with it already, but the public knows and accepts the two most important facts from the Mueller Report: There was no collusion and there was no obstruction. Any attempt to impeach Trump when the public has accepted these facts will only backfire on the Democrats in 2020. It appears that the Democratic leadership realize this and are trying to kick the can down the road until the 2020 campaign season is in full swing and they can simply say the best way to oust Trump is at the ballot box.
Matt Margolis is the author of The Scandalous Presidency of Barack Obama and the bestselling The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. His new book, Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama’s Legacy, will be published in July 2019. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis