Jerry Nadler and the House Judiciary Committee he chairs has turned into a laughing stock.
In recent days, they have tried to appear as if they are trying to impeach Trump, but it’s just a joke.
Now Nancy Pelosi is intervening, and she is not happy.
‘Feel free to leak this’: Inside the Pelosi-Nadler impeachment schism
In a closed-door meeting last week, Speaker Nancy Pelosi stunned lawmakers and aides with a swipe at Democratic staff on the House Judiciary Committee.
Pelosi criticized the panel’s handling of impeachment in harsh terms, complaining committee aides have advanced the push for ousting President Donald Trump far beyond where the House Democratic Caucus stands. Democrats simply don’t have the votes on the floor to impeach Trump, Pelosi said.
“And you can feel free to leak this,” Pelosi added, according to multiple people in the room. Pelosi’s office declined to comment on the meeting.
It was the latest sign of the widening schism between Pelosi and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, two longtime allies who are increasingly in conflict over where to guide the party at one of its most critical moments.
Both Pelosi and Nadler, who have served in the House together for more than 25 years, insist their relationship remains strong. But their rift over impeachment is getting harder and harder to paper over amid Democrats’ flailing messaging on the topic and a growing divide in the caucus.
This is having a distinct effect on the Trump team.
The Week reports:
Trump officials are reportedly ignoring House Democrats because they know Nancy Pelosi won’t impeach
Trump officials aren’t necessarily fed up with House Democrats’ impeachment delay. They just don’t care.
It’s been years since Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) first called for impeaching President Trump, and months since the Mueller report supposedly solidified that push. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) still hasn’t softened on the subject, and it has the whole Trump administration thinking it can just ignore Democrats’ impeach proceedings altogether, two White House officials tell The Washington Post.
Even though a majority of Democrats in the House back impeachment, House Judiciary Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) says he’s waiting for the public to back it the idea before proceeding. To help that happen, he’s holding a series of impeachment hearings — the first of which, with former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, left Trump “laughing and joking” that “Democrats have no idea what they’re doing,” one person who spoke with him tells the Post.
The mask is off.
Everyone knows this is just a circus now.