So far this week has brought 3 separate pieces of bad news for the movement to impeach Trump:
On Monday, Rep. Bill Pascrell’s (D-N.J.) resolution that would have directed the House to request 10 years of Trump’s tax returns, have the House Ways and Means Committee review them in a closed session and then vote to send the information in the returns to the full House was voted down. The voting went along party lines, 229-185, with two Republicans voting “present.”
On Tuesday, Rep. Jerry Nadler’s (D-N.Y.) “resolution of inquiry” was heard by the House Judiciary Committee, and despite a large public presence showing the support of the resolution, it was voted down. The committee action effectively blocks the resolution, which asked for investigation into Trump’s potential violations of the emoluments clause as well as his ties with Russia, from open House debate and a House vote.
Tuesday Evening, Trump mostly stayed on script during his first speech to Congress. There were many commentators who praised the speech as an improvement over Trump’s recent public speaking appearances. The media that Trump has been criticizing recently (aka the fake news) gave the speech faint praise. Because of this improved performance, some of these same commentators predict that Trump’s approval rating will get a boost in the coming days.
With these two Democratic political actions blocked in Congress and with Trump’s approval rating, though at the lowest point for an incoming President, stabilizing, it slows the momentum for impeaching Trump that has been building during his first several weeks in office.
Hopefully, the prospects for the week will turn around. We still have several days left and are only one early morning Trump tweet away from improving prospects.