Long Hot Summer

Not for me personally mind you, I convinced Richard and Emily years ago the equipment requires cooling.

I happen to agree with one thing the “moderates” say.

Time to bring it.

Dems move closer to impeachment in strategy shakeup

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler’s announcement on Friday that the House is formally seeking special counsel Robert Mueller’s grand-jury information complicates the far more cautious message on impeachment coming from Pelosi and her top deputies.

Nadler (D-N.Y.) said the action “in effect” is part of an impeachment inquiry — though one has not been formally launched.

“We are continuing an investigation of the president’s malfeasances,” Nadler said. “And we will consider what we have to consider, including whether we should recommend articles of impeachment to the House. That’s the job of our committee.”

But on the same day, Pelosi reiterated that she’s still not ready to endorse a push to launch impeachment proceedings, and dismissed the idea that she was feeling pressure from her caucus.

“We will proceed when we have what we need to proceed. Not one day sooner,” the California Democrat said at her weekly press conference.

House Democrats’ court petition comes two days after former special counsel Robert Mueller’s appearance’s re-energized the campaign to open impeachment proceedings, spurring seven more Democrats — including a member of Pelosi’s inner circle — to announce their support in the last 72 hours. At least 100 House Democrats now favor opening an impeachment inquiry.

The dual appearances by Nadler and Pelosi on Friday — which caused some confusion on Capitol Hill — underscored the challenge for the Democratic Caucus about how, and whether, to move ahead with high-stakes legal proceedings that could be seen as a back-door to the start of impeachment proceedings.

“We’re crossing a threshold, absolutely,” said Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas), who was among 10 Democrats standing alongside Nadler Friday who publicly support an impeachment inquiry.

“The mode that we were operating under before, it really was an oversight function. We’re now crossing a threshold with this filing, and we are now officially entering into an examination of whether or not to recommend articles of impeachment,” the freshman Democrat said.

In substance, Nadler and Pelosi remain very much in line, and the speaker has approved each move that brings the House closer to impeachment proceedings.

“I don’t know that there are real divisions with the speaker,” Nadler said, adding that he agrees with Pelosi that House Democrats should be able to make the “strongest possible case.”

By petitioning a court for the grand-jury evidence, House Democrats formalized the argument that they need more information in order to determine whether impeachment is warranted.

“[T]he House must have access to all the relevant facts and consider whether to exercise its full Article I powers, including a constitutional power of the utmost gravity — approval of articles of impeachment,” the filing states.

I’ve not yet reached any security threshold, but my Congresscritter knows me by sight and visibly cringes in my presence.

This is a good thing.