NBC News has confirmed: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will announce later today that she now backs a formal impeachment inquiry, according to two Democratic sources close to her. https://t.co/sZpxsW3GPB
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 24, 2019
I must confess I wasn’t expecting Trump to be impeached during his first term, given the make up of the Senate and the high bar to convict a President the Democratic Party controlled House of Representatives would not begin impeachment hearings but as NBC reports
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who for months resisted efforts to launch impeach proceedings against President Donald Trump, will announce a formal inquiry on Tuesday, according to two Democratic sources close to her.
Pelosi’s change of heart comes as dozens of House Democrats — now more than two-thirds of the caucus — have come out in support of an impeachment inquiry in the wake of reports that Trump may have withheld aid to Ukraine to pressure officials there to investigate the son of political rival Joe Biden.
Pelosi, D-Calif., is expected to announce the development after a meeting of the Democratic caucus she called for 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday.
Going after Joe Biden has demonstrated Newton’s Third Law of Motion but I do think this is a bad idea from the Democratic Party, as Nate Silver notes below this avenue of impeachment wasn’t popular when it involved Russia and will it be any different if involves Ukraine? It could end up polarising the country further and only make Democratic leaning voters happy.
Here's me on the public opinion dimensions of impeachment. https://t.co/As2U1XqbOp
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) September 24, 2019
But as the tweet below things can rapidly change (h/t to PBer Alistair for posting the tweet from Kevin M. Kruse.)
It’s worth remembering how public opinion changed on Nixon’s impeachment.
A month into the Ervin Committee hearings, the percentage supporting Nixon's removal was still down in the teens.
A majority didn’t want him removed until late July 1974. He resigned two weeks later. pic.twitter.com/PwBqlhzqUx
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) April 19, 2019
Overall I’m sticking to my betting position, the Senate will not vote to convict Trump under its current membership.
More than half (55%) of Americans would support impeachment if President Trump suspended military aid to Ukraine in order to push the country's officials to investigate Joe Biden. https://t.co/zYgndTWDmk #Impeachment #ImpeachmentInquiry #ImpeachTrump pic.twitter.com/p1MifPoq3Z
— YouGov America (@YouGovAmerica) September 24, 2019