Trumped by Congressional Power and Nancy Pelosi
photo: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

THE FIRST time Representative Nancy Pelosi ascended to the speaker’s chair (see the photo above), I was inside the Capitol waiting for history to be made, along with activist Democrats.

Howard Dean walked by and gave me a brief interview.

The place was electric, anticipation on overdrive.

Today, Speaker Pelosi retakes the position, only the second time in U.S. history it has happened. See Sam Rayburn, 1955.

The first time, Pelosi demurred when asked to hold the Bush-Cheney administration accountable for various malfeasance which started with the Iraq war. This time around she made no such declaration.

“We have to wait and see what happens with the Mueller report. We shouldn’t be impeaching for a political reason, and we shouldn’t avoid impeachment for a political reason. So we’ll just have to see how it comes,” she said. [Today]

Rep. Brad Sherman isn’t interested in niceties.

Sherman’s articles of impeachment accuse Trump of obstructing justice by firing former FBI Director James B. Comey, among other wrongdoing. “There is no reason it shouldn’t be before the Congress,” Sherman said. “Every day, Donald Trump shows that leaving the White House would be good for our country.” [Los Angeles Times]

In my estimation, the founders never intended for the presidency to be used as a king might wield his sovereignty.

They didn’t intend for the president to use the office to shield himself from criminal liability.

They couldn’t imagine Congress choosing party over country.

I’m unimpressed by the argument that the presidency is the arbiter of the law. Nixon tried it and it failed spectacularly.

How Democrats rally Americans to their cause of indictment depends on Robert Mueller.

Impeachment, however, is a political matter.

The accidental occupant of the White House, Donald J. Trump, has proven himself unfit.

Democrats have no choice but to prove it.