President Trump just made his move to keep Nancy Pelosi in check and it just may work. Behind the scenes, Pelosi and Trump are fighting over the moderate Dems who won in Trump districts.
Trump has been hitting them with a series of ads reminding voters that if they want him in 2020 they need to vote GOP.
Pelosi meanwhile has been frantically working behind the scenes to shore up support and persuade the moderates that if they lose the house it is still their duty to impeach.
A losing argument in the self-centered world of DC politics if ever there was. To that aim, Trump is preparing a letter to send to Pelosi saying he will ignore all House demands for documents and witnesses until she holds a formal vote to impeach – something she is desperate to avoid.
Trump wants them on record now, Pelosi does not.
From Axios: The White House is planning to send Speaker Nancy Pelosi a letter as soon as Friday arguing that President Trump and his team can ignore lawmakers’ demands until she holds a full House vote formally approving an impeachment inquiry, 2 sources familiar with the letter tell Axios.
Why it matters: By putting in writing the case that Trump and his supporters have been making verbally for days, the White House is preparing for a court fight and arguing to the public that its resistance to Congress’ requests is justified.
Trump wants to force House Democrats in vulnerable races to be on the record if they favor pursuing impeachment, these sources tell us.
Republicans also say the minority party can exert more influence over hearings and other aspects of an inquiry once it is formalized with a vote.
By calling this an inquiry without holding a vote, Pelosi and the Democratic committee chairmen are having it both ways, one official said. “They want to be a little bit pregnant.”
Worth noting: While a letter to Pelosi and the committee chairmen had been drafted, it had not been finalized or signed as of Thursday night.