Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, speaking at a Washington Post-led discussion on numerous topics related to Congressional political issues, thinks that the case for impeaching President Donald Trump is becoming clearer by the day due to his own statements and actions.
“He’s becoming self-impeachable in terms of some of the things he’s doing,” Pelosi said of the president, according to a report from Politico.
The Democratic Speaker of the House added that it’s possible Trump is “goading” her party to push for impeachment.
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“Every single day, whether it’s obstruction, obstruction, obstruction, obstruction of having people come to the table with facts or ignoring subpoenas. Every single day, the president is making a case” for impeachment, Pelosi said.
The White House has made great pains to stop Congress from getting testimony and other documents related to inquiries Democrats have on a wide range of issues.
Trump’s Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin is stonewalling efforts for the IRS to release Trump’s tax returns. The president’s lawyers are citing “executive privilege” in trying to prevent former White House counsel Don McGahn from testifying on statements he made in the Mueller report.
Pelosi herself took note of Attorney General William Barr, who is refusing to turn over the full, unredacted Mueller report to Congress or to testify before the House Judiciary Committee.
Pelosi pointed out that Barr, who appeared before a Senate committee just last week, might feel “safer in the Republican majority in the Senate” than having to face scrutiny from Democratic committees in the House.
Later on Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee is set to vote on whether it will hold Barr in contempt of Congress over his refusal to cooperate with its requests, per reporting from CNN. Barr also faces criticisms for the way he handled the release of the Mueller report itself, which many felt was more generous to the president than it should have been.
Because of Barr’s early descriptions of the report, for example, Trump announced he had received “total exoneration” of all alleged wrongdoings, even though later on it was revealed that Mueller’s findings painted a much different picture that some pundits have argued is a roadmap to impeaching the president.