Whether you believe the President is innocent or guilty of an impeachable offense most likely depends on where you sit politically.
However, recently 6-national polls showed that a majority of the public backs a formal impeachment inquiry. The most recent are NBC/WSJ with 55% voting for an impeachment inquiry and 39% opposed — a Quinnipiac poll shows a similar pattern with 53% in favor of a formal impeachment inquiry and 43% opposed — and finally a WaPo/Schar poll showing 58% for and 38% against.
In fact, many Conservatives believe a formal impeachment inquiry would actually benefit the President.
He would finally have the legal right to defend himself, he would be able to call witnesses, cross-examine the so-called whistleblower, have access to all documents that are currently being hidden from public view by Adam Schiff and basically face his accusers head-on. More importantly he would dismiss the current smear campaign being conducted by a partisan hack, cherry-picking snippets of information and releasing it to the media without any regard to the overall context.
Thus creating a false narrative of what was actually said by witnesses being interrogated.
A decision on whether to call for a formal impeachment inquiry may be only a few days away when Pelosi convenes a conference call with House Democrats at the end of the week.
However senior Democrat Gerald Connolly of Virginia has misgivings regarding a formal vote, citing unintended consequences of actually empowering the White House to muster a vagarious legal defense, while public opinion is currently working in their favor.
“Caving to their phony demands could — in an odd way — have unintended consequences of actually empowering their various arguments.”
However those poll numbers are misleading and Democrats had better be careful in not overplaying their hand, as they usually do, in that despite a shift towards an impeachment inquiry, the public expects fair-play.
The growing poll numbers favoring an impeachment inquiry is actually a double-edged-sword for Speaker Pelosi. The public assumes that the Speaker will call for a formal House vote, anything less will be seen as another phony witch hunt.
However, on the distant horizon, the potentially-explosive Horowitz report is scheduled to be released in about two weeks, followed by John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the 2016 counterintelligence investigation into Russia and the Trump campaign.
According to Fox News, the U.S. attorney has expanded his investigation requested more manpower and resources. Senior administration officials said the timeline has grown from the beginning of President Trump’s campaign for the White House through the election and now has included a post-election timeline up to when Robert Mueller was named special counsel.
Even more, concerning for Democrats is the fact that both Attorney General Bill Barr and Durham traveled to Italy recently following-up on additional leads after visiting both the U.K. and Australia.
If either or both of these inquiries prove fruitful and exposes serious wrongdoing among the Obama disciples, that could be a game-changer in terms of the national mood heading into 2020.