By Jon Dougherty
(TNS) As the 2020 election cycle ramps up and Democratic presidential contenders continue to slug it out on the campaign trail, President Donald Trump has already begun touting his administration’s accomplishments and plans for another four years.
House Democrats led by Nancy Pelosi, who from her perch in San Fran occupies one of the safest blue districts in the country, are instead pondering new ways to invent allegations against the president and then ‘investigate’ them.
As The Wall Street Journal reported Monday, Pelosi & Co. are weighing whether it would be better for the party to continue down the path of political harassment or actually try to do what votersÂ really sent them to Washington to do: Help govern.
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The paper reports:
House Democrats are grappling with whether to pursue further investigations of President Trump following hisÂ acquittal in the Senate, facing both an election in nine months and fresh White House actions that they say demand scrutiny.
Democrats want to look into whether the president improperly influenced the Justice Departmentâ€™s sentencing recommendation for a Trump confidant, casting Mr. Trump as emboldened by the end of the impeachment process. At the same time, party leaders are eager to focus on pocketbook issues for voters, such as health care, and Democrats are wary of launching another drawn-out fight with the White House that could backfire in November.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) staked out a middle ground Thursday. She said the House should investigate any role Mr. Trump played in federal prosecutorsâ€™ decision to reduce theÂ initial sentencing recommendationÂ for Roger Stone, who wasÂ convicted of lying to CongressÂ and witness tampering.Â Mrs. Pelosi called such alleged meddling an â€œabuse of power,â€ echoing the charge in the first of the two impeachment articles.
But Mrs. Pelosi also said House Democrats arenâ€™t going to â€œspend all of our time going after every lie that the administration henchmen make,â€ and emphasized that one priority is working with the administration on lowering prescription-drug costs.Â She signaled no new probes, instead pointing to testimony by Attorney General William Barr scheduled for March and a request made by Senate Democrats for an investigation by the Justice Department inspector general.
White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham summed up the nonsense when she said Democrats were trying to â€œmanufacture more â€˜investigations.â€™â€
â€œAt some point, youâ€™d think they would take a page out of the presidentâ€™s book and devote themselves to working for the country, but I guess not,” she added.
There is no evidence to suggest that new probes are going to pull support away from the president. In fact, if impeachment is any indication, more time wasted with new Democrat-led investigations of things that are only improper now because Trump and his administration are doing them means the president will walk away unscathed and with a higher approval rating.
And yet, the Garbage Party just doesn’t seem to get that, the WSJ notes further:
With impeachment done, some Democrats said that current oversight efforts should be aimed at releasing new information to the public that will inform how they vote in November, rather than attempting to remove Mr. Trump from office again.
â€œHolding hearings to hold the administration accountable is our recourse, and weâ€™ll let the American public know,â€ said Rep. David Cicilline (D., R.I.), a member of the Judiciary Committee.
The president’s response is most likely to be: ‘Go for it.’
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