You’d think that with the president acquitted of all articles of impeachment brought against him, Democrats would be accepting their defeat and going back to more pressing legislative matters. But it appears that won’t be the case.
According to a report from The Hill, House Dems have made it clear that they’re pushing forward with investigations — new and old — into President Donald Trump.
It’s not over yet
The Hill reported Saturday that numerous Democrats in Congress have expressed a desire to continue investigating President Trump over a host of issues from Ukraine to Russia and even his personal financial records.
“Donald Trump, I still believe, is a one-man crime wave, and we can’t let him get away with all of his other offenses against the Constitution and the people,” Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin (D) told The Hill. New Jersey Rep. Tom Malinowski (D) opined: “As far as I’m concerned, the House should keep doing what we’ve been doing — legislating and conducting oversight.”
Even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) herself suggested at a press conference Thursday morning, the day after Trump was acquitted, that her caucus would keep going.
“We will continue to do our oversight, to protect and defend the Constitution,” she said.
Asked if she would subpoena witnesses like former National Security Adviser John Bolton, Pelosi didn’t close the door.
“We have some cases in court now,” she said, according to Politico. “If there are others we see as an opportunity, we’ll make a judgment at that time, but we have no plans right now.”
A losing battle
Democrats’ plans come as no surprise to Republicans. After lamenting how little Democrats have accomplished amid their impeachment circus, former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker told Fox & Friends: Weekend that the Dems are just going to keep trying to “score cheap political points.”
“Where I am and where I live…the people I talk to are saying: ‘Are you kidding me? Why can’t they get anything done for the American people?'” he said Saturday, according to Fox. “It also appears that [Democrats] are looking for new angles to really fundamentally use the House tools of oversight…for a really bad purpose — that is, to score cheap political points against the president and try to weaken him.”
Indeed, their recent comments make it clear that even in the wake of their soul-crushing defeat in the Senate last week, Democrats aren’t giving up in their efforts to take Trump down just yet.
But the Dems really should have learned their lesson by now: with their partisan-driven impeachment attempt, they have made President Trump virtually unimpeachable. He is polling stronger than ever, according to Newsweek, and the numbers just keep going up.