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Some Dems Are Calling For Impeachment. Is This A Wise Strategy Ahead Of 2020?

A woman holds a sign outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, May 9, 2019.
A woman holds a sign outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, May 9, 2019.
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This morning, President Trump said at a news conference at the Rose Garden that he won’t work with Congressional Democrats on an infrastructure bill unless they stop investigating him.

This comes after Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared Wednesday that President Donald Trump is “engaged in a cover up.” However, she also tamped down some Democrats’ rush toward an impeachment inquiry, telling lawmakers during a closed meeting to be persistent but patient in their showdown with the White House.

Some of the calls for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump come as a result of his latest defiance of Congress by blocking his former White House lawyer Don McGahn from testifying on Tuesday.

Is pursuing impeachment a wise move for Dems ahead of 2020? Or as some conservatives argue, is Trump actually trying to strategically goad Dems into impeachment proceedings?

Plus, what legal latitude does McGahn have in defying the House Judiciary Committee’s subpoena and skipping the hearing? Is he immune under executive privilege?  

With files from the Associated Press.


Jennifer Haberkorn, congressional reporter for the Los Angeles Times; she tweets @jenhab

Sean T. Walsh, Republican political analyst and partner at Wilson Walsh Consulting in San Francisco; he is a former adviser to California Governors Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger and a former White House staffer for Presidents Reagan and H.W. Bush

Cenk Uygur, the host and creator of liberal online news show "The Young Turks”; he tweets @cenkuygur

Harry Litman, former U.S. Attorney and deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department under President Clinton; professor of constitutional law at UCLA and UC San Diego; he is the creator and executive producer of the "Talking Feds" podcast; he tweets @harrylitman