Can’t we have both?
Courtesy of Politico:
Speaker Nancy Pelosi told senior Democrats that she’d like to see President Donald Trump “in prison” as she clashed with House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler in a meeting on Tuesday night over whether to launch impeachment proceedings.
Pelosi met with Nadler (D-N.Y.) and several other top Democrats who are aggressively pursuing investigations against the president, according to multiple sources. Nadler and other committee leaders have been embroiled in a behind-the-scenes turf battle for weeks over ownership of the Democrats’ sprawling investigation into Trump.
Nadler pressed Pelosi to allow his committee to launch an impeachment inquiry against Trump — the second such request he’s made in recent weeks only to be rebuffed by the California Democrat and other senior leaders. Pelosi stood firm, reiterating that she isn’t open to the idea of impeaching Trump at this time.
“I don’t want to see him impeached, I want to see him in prison,” Pelosi said, according to multiple Democratic sources familiar with the meeting. Instead of impeachment, Pelosi still prefers to see Trump defeated at the ballot box and then prosecuted for his alleged crimes, according to the sources.
Look I am with Pelosi on this one, I also want to see Trump behind bars.
And opening impeachment proceedings will help to reach that eventuality.
The impeachment hearings will provide piles of evidence that the DOJ can use to imprison Trump, as well as bringing that information to the public.
Pelosi is also concerned that impeachment does not have the support of a majority of Americans, but she seems to forget that a majority of Americans did not support the impeachment of President Nixon either until television coverage of the hearings brought his many crimes into their homes.