Pelosi’s Team Under Rising Pressure to Pursue Trump Impeachment

(Bloomberg) — House Democratic leaders are downplaying the possibility that they’ll quickly seek President Donald Trump’s impeachment after they take over the chamber in January, but the steady trickle of revelations against the president may make it harder to say no.

Likely House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her top lieutenants, under rising pressure to take a more aggressive stance, point to the risks of derailing important policy goals if they are seen as focusing on scoring political points through impeachment. They also say any such effort would be premature while Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe continues to play out.

“Our position has been, is now and I think will be: until the Mueller investigation is over, it’s premature to discuss what action ought to be taken as a result of it,” Representative Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the incoming majority leader, said Tuesday. “We want to see what he’s found out.”

Yet a drumbeat of disclosures has intensified the pressure on Democrats to move forward. Events this week could add to Trump’s political jeopardy through additional court filings and legal actions by Mueller and other prosecutors. Those include Wednesday’s scheduled sentencing of Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen.

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