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Some Senate Democrats Want Impeachment to Proceed, 'If it’s Serious and Urgent, Send Them Over.'

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Some Democrats in the Senate are breaking with Nancy Pelosi and telling her to get on with it and send the articles of impeachment over to the Senate.

“The longer it goes on the less urgent it becomes,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein. “So if it’s serious and urgent, send them over. If it isn’t, don’t send it over.”

Red-state Democrats like Joe Manchin and Jon Tester are also anxious to get the process moving. Manchin said Pelosi should “Democrats “should move on.”  Even some blue-state Democrats, like Chris Coons of Delaware, also agree. “I respect the fact that she is concerned about the fact about whether or not there will be a fair trial. But I do think it is time to get on with it,” said Coons.

However, most of the Democratic caucus are with Pelosi.

House Democrats — even vulnerable moderates — are uniformly behind Pelosi: No one is explicitly pushing her to move more quickly. Yet at the same time, there is a growing feeling that the fight between Pelosi and McConnell has run its course.

Leaving their first caucus meeting of the year, several House Democrats publicly defended Pelosi’s strategy, saying they believe the speaker has a plan, even if it isn’t clear to everyone else.

But some lawmakers said privately they are worried this sparring match with McConnell is no longer viable, worried about the political ramifications of dragging it out into the Democratic presidential primaries.

However, there are Democrats who recognize that the longer the delay, the more problematic a trial will be for the Democrat Senators running for president, and that the delay has “outlived its usefulness.”

So has impeachment in general… for the Democrats at least. Trump’s fundraising has been through the roof since they started the whole impeachment process, and I can see it remaining that way until this is over.


Matt Margolis is the author of Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama’s Legacy and the bestselling book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis