by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
J.R. Dunn writes for the American Thinker about U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s approach toward impeachment of President Trump.
It’s becoming clearer that Nancy Pelosi’s half-clever ploy of unilaterally declaring that an impeachment “inquiry” was in progress is backfiring in a big way.
At first, it seemed that this was a smart move – by simply stating an inquiry was in motion without going through the necessary formalities such as a full House vote, Pelosi was calming the crazies of her caucus (such as the Squad), while leaving herself plenty of maneuvering room to divert or back out should things start to deteriorate.
But now the pterodactyls have come home to roost, and the drawbacks of her game have become evident. On Friday, the White House sent Pelosi a letter of a type she is unlikely to have welcomed. Refusing to cooperate with the House “inquiry,” the White House dared Pelosi to hold an actual vote. Pelosi responded with what was effectively a nonanswer, stating that she might or might not, but that the White House has to cooperate in any case.
The matter was given further point when three House committees — Oversight, Intelligence, and Foreign Affairs — sent subpoenas to the White House, Donald Trump, and Mike Pence, demanding an array of documents in what likely amounts to no more than a fishing expedition. The chairs of the committees, which includes the usual suspects Adam Schiff and Elijah Cummings, huffed that the White House had been “given a chance to cooperate,” forcing them to issue the subpoenas.
It’s unlikely that anyone in the White House will respond, especially in the wake of Trump’s letter to Nancy.