After bringing forth two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump this week, Democrats are planning a full House vote on them as early as next week.
“The president is wrong,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) insisted at a press conference on Thursday. “You know, what can I say? We have put forth our articles of impeachment. I’m very proud of all the committees.” She went on to call the matter “urgent” and pledged to “take up something” in the following week.
What happened to bribery?
Following those remarks, a journalist pointed out that Pelosi had publicly accused Trump of bribery and yet no such charge appeared in the articles of impeachment.
In a rather curious response, the speaker said that she couldn’t explain the discrepancy as she is “not a lawyer.” However, she did joke about impersonating one, as well as practicing medicine without a license.
Pelosi: I am “not a lawyer”
“I, myself, am not a lawyer,” Pelosi replied. “Sometimes, I act like one. Not as often as I act as a doctor. I practice medicine on the side without benefit of diploma, too. This is a decision that was recommended by our working together with our Committee Chairs, our attorneys, and the rest.”
“So the articles are what they are,” she continued, calling them “very powerful” and “very strong,” stemming from “a pattern of misbehavior on the part of the President.”
“We think and say today that the President should be held accountable. Abuse of power, obstruction of Congress, those – that is the form it will take. It’s no use having a discussion here. This is a discussion we will take to the floor of the Senate. ”
She also addressed the issue of more moderate members of her party breaking ranks, stating, “I have no message to them. We are not whipping this legislation nor do we ever whip something like this. People have to come to their own conclusions.”
Some Democrats could abandon ship
In recent weeks, there have been reports that a number of Democrats representing swing districts have been agitating for censure rather than impeachment. Still, the number is small enough that they are not expected to derail the impeachment effort.
However, while the bulk of Pelosi’s caucus may be on board with removing Trump, most of the public isn’t.
A poll from Quinnipiac University found that the majority of Americans are opposed to impeachment by a margin of 51 to 45 percent.
Similar findings were reported in a Monmouth University survey. It reported that half of Americans do not want Trump impeached and removed compared to 45 percent who do.