Warren aside, 2020 Democrats in no rush to impeach Trump
By Robert Schroeder, MarketWatch
Pelosi says facts about Trump 'can be gained outside of impeachment hearings'
Democrats running for president aren't in any rush to impeach President Donald Trump in the wake of the Mueller report.
Apart from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who on Friday became the first 2020 candidate to call for the president's impeachment, Democratic contenders are largely holding back as they instead hone their campaign messages with primary season still months away.
Now read:Warren becomes first 2020 presidential candidate to call for Trump impeachment (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/warren-becomes-first-2020-presidential-candidate-to-call-for-trump-impeachment-2019-04-19).
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, for instance, told reporters on Friday "there's a lot more investigation that should go on before Congress comes to any conclusions." (https://nj1015.com/warren-calls-for-impeachment-but-booker-not-so-sure/)
Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., told NBC News that there's "evidence that this president deserves to be impeached." But he said he isn't in Congress so he'll leave it up to lawmakers there (https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/impeachment-talk-among-democrats-heats-after-mueller-report-n996401). A former member of that body, Beto O'Rourke, says "I think we can solve this once and for all in November of 2020" (https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/impeach-or-pivot-democratic-presidential-candidates-grapple-with-mueller-report-strategy) -- that is, on Election Day. NBC said Sen. Bernie Sanders ignored reporters' questions about the subject at a campaign stop in South Carolina.
To be sure, there are calls for removing Trump from some in Congress and from at least one prominent op-ed writer. "My mind is made up," wrote the New York Times' Charles Blow. "I say impeach him." (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/21/opinion/impeach-donald-trump.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage) It's a sentiment shared by Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, the high-profile freshmen Democrats.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's mind, meanwhile, is not made up, as evidenced by a letter to her colleagues on Monday. "The facts regarding holding the president accountable can be gained outside of impeachment hearings," she wrote.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report was released Thursday and detailed what it said were attempts by Trump to control the Russia investigation.
Now see:Mueller report: These are the 10 episodes of Trump's potential obstruction of justice (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/mueller-report-these-are-the-10-episodes-of-trumps-potential-obstruction-of-justice-2019-04-18).
Greg Valliere, chief U.S. policy strategist at AGF Investments, wrote in a note Monday that chances of convicting Trump on any offense in the Republican-controlled Senate are "close to zero."
He writes that "impeachment, most party leaders believe, would simply give Trump another opportunity to demonize his accusers, which he does very, very well."
The president himself told reporters on Monday he's "not even a little bit" worried about impeachment (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/trump-says-he-is-not-even-a-little-bit-worried-about-being-impeached-2019-04-22).
-Robert Schroeder; 415-439-6400; AskNewswires@dowjones.com
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