‘The presumptive speaker wants to focus on pursuing an ambitious legislative agenda.
That won’t get far with block-everything Mitch McConnell running the Senate and a budding authoritarian in the White House.
In any event the House can do more than one thing at a time and the top priority is the impeachment inquiry – which the House can pursue to conclusion regardless of McConnell.
The House also needs to start an impeachment inquiry now so it can pick up the pieces if Mueller is fired or take up the slack if Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker constricts Mueller.
Many suggest impeachment by the House would waste everybody’s time because the two-thirds majority necessary to convict in the Republican-controlled Senate will never be achieved.
That’s putting the cart way before the horse.
We can’t predict what the Senate will do after a thorough House impeachment inquiry (eventually including Mueller’s findings) – which will play nonstop for months on national television.
More than half the public disapproves of Trump’s job performance and that will climb as the revelations mount.
Republican senators at some point will have to take note.
But say for argument’s sake that the Senate doesn’t convict.
As incoming House Judiciary chairman Jerry Nadler said recently – even if Trump is not convicted impeachment ‘may in fact be necessary and successful at saying in effect ‘You have violated the constitutional order – you are threatening the constitutional order – you will stop threatening the constitutional order.
You will stop threatening the rule of law.’”
In addition the revelations that emerged in the impeachment inquiry would be of great interest to voters in deciding whether to remove him in 2020.