But as far as the New York Post’s editorial board is concerned, the articles, drafted by House Judiciary panel chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), are “remarkably weak.“
The board excoriated Democrats in an editorial Tuesday for their handling of Trump’s impeachment thus far. Among their criticisms: “Democrats have been confused on just what Trump did wrong.”
The writers point out that despite “early talk of a ‘quid pro quo,'” as well as bribery and extortion, none of these allegations actually appear in the articles that were submitted. What does appear is a charge of “abuse of power,” which is said to have “compromised the national security of the United States and undermined the integrity of the United States democratic process.”
However, Dems provided no explanation as to how Trump’s actions compromised national security or undermined our democracy. As the Post editorial board points out:
Schiff contends Trump wanted “sham investigations” from Ukraine. But the inquiry produced not a single person or document suggesting Trump wanted Ukraine to frame his potential 2020 rival.
Democrats also alleged that Trump engaged in “obstruction of Congress” by not cooperating in the impeachment process and instead, instructing executive officials not to testify. But even that conduct isn’t remarkable, the Post notes.
“The legislative and executive branches fight all the time over compelling such testimony,” the editors explained. “It’s up to the judicial branch to resolve each battle — but House Democrats declined to go to court this time.”
A “slapdash job”
The board concludes by asserting that Nadler and Democrats have done a “slapdash job” of finishing “what they started” — but given recent polling data, finishing the impeachment process that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) unilaterally launched just weeks ago may not be a smart idea.
A poll from Firehouse Strategies suggests that as impeachment has dragged on, Trump is gaining in popularity among voters in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. All three states had been considered safely in the Democratic column before Trump won them in 2016.
Meanwhile, an Emerson poll has disquieting news for Democrats, too.
According to USA Today, the poll shows that Trump is outpacing every Democratic candidate in the state of Iowa. What’s more, those who oppose impeachment outnumber those who support it, with 48% against impeachment to 38% for it.
It looks like the Dems’ narrative is collapsing, while Trump is continuing to gain steam. We can only hope this trend continues into 2020.