The door to Donald Trump’s impeachment just got kicked wide open

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Earlier today, Palmer Report pointed out that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff have all begun publicly talking about Donald Trump’s impeachment being more likely than not – and happening sooner rather than later. Now it turns out the impeachment door is a lot more wide open than we thought.

Jerry Nadler isn’t just running the low-key impeachment inquiry we’ve seen in court filings, according to Manu Raju, one of the more respected reporters at CNN. He’s reporting that based on what the House Judiciary Committee is doing in public and private, from court filings on down, House Democrats privately consider the impeachment process to have begun already. So what does this mean?

This tells us three things. First, House Democrats have to win at least some of their ongoing court battles over testimony and evidence before they can put on comprehensive impeachment hearings – and those battles are still underway, which is why Nadler has begun publicly talking about the public hearings starting in “late fall.” Second, Speaker Nancy Pelosi isn’t arbitrarily opposed to the idea of impeachment, or else she wouldn’t be letting Nadler get this far with it.

   

Finally, this tells us that House Democrats are publicly calling for an impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump in accelerating fashion for a reason: behind closed doors, they know it’s already taking place. They feel safe staking themselves to impeachment, because they can see that it’s very likely going to happen this year, and that they won’t end up left out to dry by having publicly called for it.

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