Incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi disagrees with the notion that a sitting president can't be indicted. That's bad news for Trump.
Incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent Trump a shot across the bow when she broke with longstanding tradition that a sitting president cannot be indicted.
Incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said Trump’s chance of being indicted in office is “an open discussion in terms of the law,” letting Trump know the days of a Republican majority protecting him are over.
In an interview with "Today," Pelosi was asked if special counsel Mueller is bound by old Department of Justice (DOJ) guidance stating that a sitting president shouldn't be indicted.
"I do not think that that is conclusive. No, I do not," Pelosi responded.
“Do you believe the special counsel should honor and observe the DOJ guidance that states a sitting president cannot be indicted?” -@savannahguthrie
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 3, 2019
Whether or not Mueller tries to indict Trump, Pelosi's statements show the shifting power dynamic happening in Washington. Feckless Republican lackeys are out of power, and fearless Democratic leaders are taking over.
For the first two years of Trump's disastrous term he could count on spineless lapdogs like failed Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), disgraced Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA), and cowardly Oversight Chair Trey Gowdy (R-SC) to cover up the culture of corruption.
But with a new Congress comes new trouble for Trump and his cronies.
Incoming Oversight Chair Elijah Cummings (D-MD) has already sent 51 letters to the Trump administration demanding full compliance with pre-existing requests for documents and information. And a new House bill will seek to make 10 years of Trump's tax returns public, potentially exposing a combination of shady accounting practices and heretofore unknown links to foreign governments.
As far as impeachment possibilities go, Pelosi told the "Today" show she intends to wait for Mueller to finish his investigation before heading down that road.
"We have to wait and see what happens with the Mueller report," Pelosi said. "We shouldn't be impeaching for a political reason, and we shouldn't avoid impeachment for a political reason."
Unlike Republicans, Democrats are not intimidated by Trump, and will not kowtow to his bullying. Voters sent a clear message in the 2018 midterms, and that means trouble for Trump.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.