The Democratic Party holds the majority in the House of Representatives and is aiming to retake the Senate majority in 2020, but recent infighting on the issue of impeaching President Donald Trump is threatening to divide the party fourteen months before of the 2020 elections.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) are at odds publicly and privately on whether to push impeachment proceedings forward. Pelosi has slow-walked the impeachment issue, noting that many within the party are resistant to push for impeachment, while Nadler has publicly stated that his responsibility is to work towards impeachment. Pelosi also told lawmakers and aides in a closed-door meeting, “feel free to leak this,” after she criticized Nadler’s impeachment probe.
For example, Nadler told the media that whether it is called an impeachment inquiry or impeachment investigation does not matter in legal terms. But Pelosi refused to call it an impeachment probe. Pelosi’s allies in the party, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), gave conflicting statements to CNN on the impeachment proceedings. Jeffries called it an impeachment investigation, while Hoyer said it was not an impeachment inquiry.
The mainstream media is stuck between two combating sides within the Democratic Party and does not know who to turn to for a straight answer. Instead of taking a neutral position, the mainstream media continues to run headlines and articles on impeachment to portray it as an inevitable event. However, without a clear timeline and clear directives from the Democratic Party, the media is misleading the American public into believing that all-is-well in the Democrat-majority House of Representatives.