Accuracy in Media

Democrats are still trying to decide whether to move toward impeaching President Trump, but their friends in the media already have made up their minds, stoking the fires with incendiary language when writing about the controversy.

An Associated Press story, entitled “Vocal Democrats pressing Pelosi as impeachment talk swells,” by Mary Clare Jalonick and Lisa Mascaro, illustrates the case.

More Democrats are calling – “and more loudly” – for impeachment “after [President Trump’s] latest defiance of Congress by blocking his former White House lawyer from testifying,” Jalonick and Mascaro wrote.

The growing number of rank-and-file Democrats who support impeachment were “incensed by former counsel Don McGahn’s empty chair in the Judiciary Committee hearing room on Tuesday.” They’ve “confronted” the speaker and “pushed her and other leaders to act.” Trump, for his part, has “broadly stonewalled most all of their investigations.”

The piece noted that Rep. Jim Clyburn of Georgia, the No.3 Democrat in the House, “counseled caution” and recommended the House “follow a methodical process to get to the facts about Trump’s actions.”

A report Tuesday said that the Department of Justice has agreed to turn over some documents related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

“Amid the impeachment talk and despite Trump’s broad pledge to stonewall, there was one rare détente between House Democrats and the administration,” Jalonick and Mascaro wrote.

It also pointed out Hope Hicks, former White House communications director, and Annie Donaldson, a former aide to McGahn, have been subpoenaed, and that Donaldson “was the most-cited witness in Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation report, recounting the president’s attempts to interfere with the probe. And that makes his silence all the more infuriating for Democrats.”

It then again made the case for impeachment.

Pelosi’s strategy of continuing to build a case the American people could get behind “hasn’t been swift enough for some lawmakers,” Jalonick and Mascaro wrote. Several members, particularly on the Judiciary Committee, “feel they must take the lead in at least launching impeachment proceedings.”

Rep. Jamie Raskin, a radical Democrat from Maryland, “led others in arguing that an impeachment inquiry would consolidate the Trump investigations and allow Democrats to keep more focus on their other legislative work.”

It further noted that “With a 235-197 Democratic majority, Pelosi would likely find support for starting impeachment proceedings, but it could be a tighter vote than the margin suggests. Some lawmakers say voters back home are more interested in health care and the economy. Many come from more conservative districts where they need to run for re-election in communities where Trump also has support.”

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