‘If impeachment trump card doesn’t work, it will guarantee Trump re-election,’ civil rights lawyer tells RT

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
By Paul Martin

25 Sep, 2019

With the announcement of an official impeachment inquiry, Democrats have put all their eggs in one basket, risking losing the next election if they fail to enlist enough support, civil rights attorney Robert Patillo told RT.

Accusing US President Donald Trump of pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to “take actions which would benefit him politically” – that is, to investigate 2020 candidate Joe Biden’s son Hunter and his shady business dealings in Ukraine, according to a whistleblower’s report – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced the start of an official impeachment inquiry on Tuesday evening.

The probe is not itself an act of impeachment, and must yet be authorized by a House vote. But even if the Democrat-controlled chamber goes along with Pelosi, the motion would still need to be greenlighted by a two-thirds majority in the Republican-controlled Senate.

The move is a double-edged sword and could very well backfire, effectively handing Trump his second term on a silver platter, Patillo said.

“If it does not work, it guarantees reelection for Trump, basically. If there’s no overwhelming national support for the impeachment of the president, that can backfire,” Patillo said, while arguing that Trump is himself partially to blame for the new twist in the impeachment saga, as he “basically left Democrats with no option.”

Pelosi “set today in motion who will win the next election” with her announcement, IHEARTRADIO host Scott Sands agreed, adding that it can “go either way.”

“How many of the people voting actually care? It’s all about the economy. In Ohio, I don’t know anybody, and we talk to a lot of people on our radio show every day, that care about impeachment.”

Pelosi ‘caught between a rock and a hard place’

While announcing the start of a formal impeachment inquiry, Pelosi tried to “walk a fine line,” satisfying the left wing of the Democratic Party and, at the same time, leaving it for the House to decide if the inquiry goes forward, John William Loudon, former Republican member of the Missouri Senate, told RT.

“She is caught between a rock and a hard place,” Loudon said.

“She is stuck between the hard-left flank of her party that wants to take extreme measures and block the president and obstruct whenever they can, and the people who think this makes no sense.”

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