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Should Democrats still consider impeaching President Trump?

Attorney General William Barr's summary of the Mueller report has left many on Democrats frustrated with what they see as a lack of transparency. Barr summarized several hundred pages of Mueller's investigation in four brief pages, drawing definitive conclusions on obstruction of justice where Mueller declined to make a decision. Some in the Democratic Party are saying lawmakers should continue to look into impeaching the president. Others say the issue is resolved and it's time to move on. What do you think?

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Democrats have been extremely wary of calling for impeachment throughout the two years of the Mueller report, in part because of lingering fears of repeating mistakes made during the Clinton impeachment. Republicans dove head first into extremely messy impeachment proceedings, without much legal ground to stand on, and ended their majority rule in the House as a result. 

After several years of investigating President Clinton and unending talk of impeachment, filled with salacious but ultimately legally unimportant details, the American public tired of the turmoil. According to the Atlantic, Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich pushed for impeachment, thinking it would galvanize American voters. Instead, he lost his seat. 

JAMES ROGAN [Representative and member of the Judiciary Committee]: Suddenly the Republicans realized all this talk about impeachment almost cost them the majority. The speaker lost his job because of it. Within a day, I got a call from one of Gingrich’s people, who said, “You’ve got to make this go away. The speaker doesn’t want this to be the last thing on his watch.” Then, within, like, an hour, I got a call from one of Bob Livingston’s guys, who said, “You’ve got to try to make this go away. The speaker doesn’t want this to be the first thing on his watch.”

Many sitting Democrats are reticent to risk making the same mistakes. 

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Democrats have been unified in claiming they are no longer looking into impeachment. Impeachment has not been popular with members of the party leadership throughout the investigation, but many are seeing the Barr memo as a clear sign it is time to move on. Per the New York Times

Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York, House Democrats’ self-styled message man, was blunt on Tuesday morning: No more impeachment talk.
“We didn’t run on impeachment,” he said. “We didn’t win the House of Representatives on impeachment. We’re not focused on impeachment.”
“We’ve got real work to do,” [Representative Debbie Dingell] said, “and every week, we get off on some subject that doesn’t matter to the working people in my district or the Midwest.”
...Democratic leaders were eager not to make too much of the opening. They have tried for months to play down the possibility of impeachment. Too divisive, they said. Too dangerous. “Not worth it,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, who has urged her colleagues to beat Mr. Trump at the ballot box instead.
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Freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib, however, has ignored calls from party leadership to quiet her calls for impeachment. CNN reports mere days after the Mueller report was submitted, Tlaib began circulating a letter calling for the House Judiciary Committee "to inquire whether President Trump committed impeachable offenses."

"We all swore to protect our nation, and that begins with making sure that no one, including the President of the United States, is acting above the law. I urge your support in recommending that the House Committee on Judiciary begin hearings, take depositions, and issue subpoenas to answer this question that is fundamental to the rule of law and the preservation of our democracy," the letter says.
...Tlaib's letter outlines a bulleted list of areas she wants Democratic-led committees to pursue, from whether Trump or his businesses violated the Foreign Emoluments Clause to hush money payments during the 2016 presidential campaign paid out by Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.
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Legal scholars have consistently stated any egregious act should be criminal to warrant the initiation of impeachment proceedings. Impeachment is meant to remove officials from office who have shown they are not morally suited to hold the office—they have committed "high crime or misdemeanors." Joshua Matz, a history, explained the issue to the New York Times.

[F]or purposes of impeachment, though, it is the nature of the conduct that matters.
“Not every impeachable offense is a crime, and not every crime is an impeachable offense,” Mr. Matz said. “Impeachment is not about punishing the president. That’s what criminal liability is for. It’s about getting him out of office so he can’t use its powers in a harmful manner going forward.”
The president has been a participant in activities many see as an indication he is morally unsuited for the position of president, even though he has been cleared on legal ground. Therefore the question of impeachment remains. 
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