It’s become fairly clear that Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif, chairman of the House Intel Committee, failed to deliver the goods on President Donald Trump in his two week dog and pony impeachment show trial.
Public opinion did not change as sharply as Democrats hoped and it’s beginning to look as if the party may drag their impeachment spectacle out, hoping for a shift in the winds.
Look no further than CNN, where contributor John Dean is calling for a continuation of the endless probing of the president instead of an immediate floor vote.
With the media digging furiously, “CNN Newsroom” anchor Ana Cabrera said on Sunday that “we keep learning more” about events in Ukraine.
“It doesn’t feel like the investigation is complete. Is it too soon to vote and hand this over to Senate Republicans?” she asked Dean.
“I think it is,” Dean told Cabrera. “What’s going to happen is the House Intelligence Committee is going to write up a report and send it to the House Judiciary Committee. The Judiciary Committee can further investigate this before writing articles of impeachment. I hope they do. I think they should.”
Keep in mind, on the very first day of the Democrats’ impeachment hearings, Dean said they “have more than they had against Richard Nixon to impeach [Trump].”
On Sunday, Dean called for expanding the impeachment probe beyond Ukraine, drudging up the claim that Trump paid off porn star Stormy Daniels and mentioned the president’s former personal attorney, and even fell back on the Mueller report to speak about obstruction.
“They also have to look at issues like, was paying off Stormy Daniels something that should be included in an article of impeachment? Michael Cohen, his personal lawyer, is now serving time for it,” Dean said. “Should the Mueller report obstruction of justice instances, ten of them, be part of the articles. These all have to be examined and filtered and further witnesses may be called.”
In effect, Democrats can drag this out until election day 2020.
Dean served as White House counsel under former President Richard Nixon, turning on his former boss and testifying against him during Watergate. After Cabrera played a clip of his performance then, she asked, “Where are we in history as it pertains to the presidency of Donald Trump?”
Whether he intended to be or not, Dean was clear in his answer that this is all about the 2020 election.
“You know, that’s a very fair question. A very good question,” Dean replied. “He is facing reelection. He wants badly to be reelected.”
“We’ve never had a president be subject to an impeachment proceeding during their first term. It’s always occurred in the second terms,” he continued. “It will have an influence on the election. There’ve been a number of commentators who have said really the American people are going to have the final say on this regardless of what happens in the House and Senate because this president is going to have to deal with this issue before voters. And I think that’s correct.”
Given that we are inside one year of the American people having a “final say,” it calls into question why the Democratic Party continues down a path bitterly dividing the country.
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