House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is rabidly pursuing impeachment for President Trump, claiming that his crimes have been “so serious” that Democrats will use every tool at their disposal to destroy him.
However, Moderate Dem. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) threw cold water on Pelosi’s hyperventilation on Sunday, admitting during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” that it would be more “practical” to pursue a “judicial path” rather than impeachment to punish Trump.
Manchin agreed with Pelosi and many Democrats out for blood that “there is no doubt about it he should be impeached basically,” but added that it may not be the most practical plan.
“But if we can’t — you have to be practical about what we are doing. We have two paths. We are ready to install a new government,” he explained. “If I was Joe Biden, I’d want to put my government together put confidence back into the American people that we can govern ourselves and be the beacon of light for the whole country and the whole world.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has indicated that the upper chamber will not accept articles of impeachment until — at the very earliest — just a day before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
CBS News noted that once the Senate takes up the articles of impeachment, they must be prioritized before all other orders of business, which could lead to weeks of debating and infighting amongst the different factions of the Senate instead of implementing Joe Biden’s agenda.
Joe Biden’s presidency is predicated on unity, healing, and ridding the nation of the detested “orange man,” but Pelosi’s insistence on impeachment puts the nation in the position of fixating on Trump for potentially months after he leaves office.
Manchin remarked that tying up the Senate in a messy and divisive impeachment process at the very same time Biden takes office “doesn’t make any common sense.”
“On [Inauguration] Day would be the day we could officially start — that doesn’t make any common sense whatsoever,” Manchin said. “I hope people would look at two paths: a political path and a judicial path. I think the judicial path could be the one to give us the best results to stop this silliness within politics, this dangerous insidious type of speech that you have. People have to understand: Your words have consequences. We have seen it at the most dangerous level.”
Far from defending President Trump, Manchin appears to be as insistent on retribution as most of his Democrat colleagues — but is one of the few that has noticed that another impeachment process could be highly detrimental to the Democrat agenda.
Pelosi, on the other hand, despite the prospect of finally having control of nearly all of Washington D.C. by the end of January, appears firmly committed to focusing all of her energy on Trump for the foreseeable future.
The House has already drawn up articles of impeachment against Trump and is expected to bring them to a vote on Monday.