Oct 30, 2019 - Politics & Policy

Nancy Pelosi's moment

Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images

After nearly three years of holding back her members, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been increasingly vocal about the direction of the impeachment process — even if she's not yet a firm yes that it's going to happen.

What she's saying: "We have not made any decision to impeach," Pelosi told columnists earlier this week, according to Ron Brownstein in The Atlantic.

But she said they have evidence: "I do think we have enough. ... We've had enough for a very long time ... but as long as there is corroboration, we might as well get some more."

Why it matters: Pelosi resisted years of calls for impeachment, starting as far back as early 2017. She also resisted calls to impeach George W. Bush back in the final years of his presidency.

This time feels different. "How much drama can the American people handle? ... Where does the law of diminishing returns set in? Where is the value added not worth the time?"

The big picture: While House Democrats have been eager to wrap up before the new year, the WashPost notes, "the surprising number of witnesses agreeing to testify behind closed doors in the Capitol over the past few weeks has extended the timeline."

  • That is of special concern for Senate presidential candidates, who would risk being stuck in D.C. for the trial as the primaries kick off next year.
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