Democrats no longer have the Russia probe to hang over Trump’s head, but their base doesn’t care. The far left wants Trump impeached, and they will not stop pushing for it.

Andrew McCarthy writes at National Review:

Storming Back to the Impeachment Charade

Elections have consequences. This was a point we tried to make many times in the run-up to the 2018 midterm elections. The Democrats won control of the House fair and square. That means they get to drive the agenda.

Their agenda, kinda sorta, is the impeachment of President Trump — which is to say, the quixotic quest to build political support for it. According to the Washington Post, that effort is about to sink deeper into farce: Hearings on Stormy Daniels and the hush-money payments to conceal trysts that Donald Trump had — allegedly, of course — a decade before he ran for president.

Such a quest is a two-edged sword, though. If this is how the Democrats choose to spend the public’s time and money, they must be accountable for it. They must be pressured to demonstrate the courage of their anti-Trump convictions. So far, for all the bluster, they’ve gotten away with cowardice.

Most of the impeachment quasi-action is in the Judiciary Committee, chaired by Representative Jerrold Nadler (D., N.Y.). We have to qualify the word “action” because, while Nadler claims to be conducting an impeachment inquiry, his committee has never actually voted to have one.

As I said before, this is all about the base. Who cares about Russia anymore? They’re finding new reasons.

From CNN:

Democrats widen impeachment probe as they confront roadblocks

Faced with a time crunch ahead of the 2020 election season, the House Judiciary Committee is broadening its investigation beyond special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings as lawmakers confront lingering hurdles over impeaching President Donald Trump.

With Congress reconvening next week after its summer recess, the committee is expanding its focus beyond Mueller’s findings that Trump may have obstructed justice by seeking to undercut the investigation into his campaign and actions as President, an area that has dominated the panel’s focus up until now.

As they head into a critical fall session, Democrats say they will also focus heavily on questions over whether the President is enriching himself while violating the emoluments clause in the Constitution, reports Trump dangled pardons to officials who were at risk of breaking immigration laws and his involvement in hush-money payments to over his alleged extramarital affairs — all of which could form articles of impeachment against the President, according to lawmakers and aides involved in the effort.

In the background, there are people like Tom Steyer – the Captain Ahab of Trump impeachment – egging them on.

Charles Creitz reports at FOX News:

Tom Steyer: Trump is ‘most corrupt president in American history,’ and has ‘more than met’ impeachment criteria

Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer called President Trump a threat to the rule of law and explained why climate change must be addressed with all due haste.

The president is a threat to the Constitution and represents the apex of corruption, Steyer asserted Wednesday in an interview with Bret Baier on “Special Report.”

Asked by Baier if the president should be impeached, Steyer said: “I think he’s the most corrupt president in American history. I think he’s more than met the criteria for impeachment. I think he threatens the safety of Americans — but more than that, he threatens the whole idea of the rule of law.”

Democrats are playing a dangerous game here. If they try to impeach and fail, they’ll look ridiculous.

If they don’t try, they’ll enrage their already furious base.

 
 
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