by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has long resisted sanctioning a full-blown impeachment inquiry into President Trump, may now have no choice but to give it her blessing.
Powerful voices on the liberal Left have ramped up calls for Pelosi to greenlight a full House impeachment inquiry following the revelation through a whistleblower that Trump urged the Ukraine government to investigate Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden.
“At this point, the bigger national scandal isn’t the president’s lawbreaking behavior — it is the Democratic Party’s refusal to impeach him for it,” liberal freshman New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, tweeted to her 5.4 million followers.
The increased urgency of the pressure follows weeks of Pelosi, 79, slow-walking an impeachment probe by instead directing six House committees to investigate the president relating to a variety of allegations involving his campaign, administration, and personal business.
But the whistleblower complaint, leaked to the press last week, may lead to an impeachment breaking point in the House. “Begin Impeachment hearings now,” a Washington Post opinion page headline urged Pelosi on Monday. …
… Pelosi will face new impeachment pressure from throughout her caucus, nearly two-thirds of which already support an impeachment inquiry. “There has been a shift,” Democratic Washington Rep. Ro Khanna told MSNBC. “Many Democrats, even those who were reluctant about impeachment, are now much more concerned.”