Pelosi got the better of Trump, again
This means that Trump's accountants and bankers will likely have to turn over records that may include his tax returns. There is no telling how the president will react. Truth is to Trump like sunlight is to a vampire. For whatever reason, he acts as if thorough scrutiny of his finances is some kind of mortal threat.
Asked about impeachment, Pelosi insisted that the House is "not at that place." But she downplayed the fact that many Democrats in the House, if not most, agree with renegade Republican Justin Amash of Michigan: Based on what we already know from the redacted Mueller report, Trump has committed impeachable offenses.
Much of the Democratic base agrees. We have a year and a half to go before the election, and I have trouble imagining how Pelosi and the House leadership can hold out that long.
Maybe a while longer, though. There's something about Pelosi that seems to flummox Trump and throw him off his stride. Maybe it's the fact that she's a strong woman. Maybe it's her competence, her ability to get things done. Maybe he's just afraid of her.
Whatever the reason, it was Pelosi who looked and sounded presidential this week -- and Trump who looked and sounded like a man who fears he's being cornered. I question Pelosi's view about the politics of impeachment, but she has earned more time to do things her way.
"I pray for the president of the United States," Pelosi said. "I wish that his family or his administration or his staff would have an intervention for the good of the country."
Amen to that.
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