The grace period is over, at least according to a number of hopeful political observers on the left side of the aisle.
In an effort to remain “neutral” in the fact of the midterm elections, there has been a self-imposed moratorium within Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of possible Russian interference during the 2016 election. The idea was to allow the American people to make their midterm choices without the lingering doubt of what could be in the offing for President Trump.
Now that we have moved past these turbulent contests, however, all bets are off.
More dramatic still, a Democratic House would have the ability to impeach Trump — even if it knew for sure that Republicans in the Senate would acquit Trump after a trial there.
That would raise the stakes considerably for whatever recommendation or report Mueller makes to Congress. Most Democrats played down the impeachment idea in the midterm campaign, judging (rightly or wrongly) that it would be more likely to turn out angry Republican voters than supportive Democratic ones.
That calculus could change with presidential elections still two years away. Impeachment would distract Trump from his agenda. It might weaken him to have to spend months or even years defending himself against detailed charges.
And, could Mueller actually impact attempts to derail the Trump presidency?
Mueller’s evidence would be at the center of any impeachment effort. His investigation, cleverly farmed out to the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, already got Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen to testify under oath in open court that the president directed him to commit an election law felony. That would be a significant piece of any impeachment effort.
Now, with democrats taking control of the house come January, Mueller’s timeline could be adjusted to make a blitzkrieg impeachment attempt in the New Year.
Even if Mueller doesn’t go straight for the jugular with the radical left immediately, there is little doubt that he’ll be rising on his laurels in the coming days.
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