JERSEY CITY, NJ — About half of independent voters polled recently by NBC and the Wall Street Journal said they do not want Congress to hold impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump.
That number reflects last month’s morning consult Politico poll, which showed 48 percent of voters felt the same way.
“I think the general public is not in that space. They’re not looking to impeach. Impeachment is basically saying we don’t agree with the result of the last election, and in a democracy that is in an extreme case.”
Fil-Am Arvind Swamy has worked as a campaign consultant for a handful of political candidates. Voters, he said, are generally just thinking about their daily needs.
“I think regular folks are already passed that want to focus on other issues that impact their daily lives. People are not thinking about Trump being impeached. They’re just wondering about their healthcare, their jobs and kids.”
Chairman of the house judiciary committee Jerry Nadler on Wednesday was also not prepared to make such moves, even after his committee voted to hold U.S. Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress. for failing to turn over the unredacted Mueller report, and rebuking the president for invoking executive privilege…Also to prevent the release of mueller’s full report.
“Well, I’m not going to talk about impeachment but the short answer is – that may not be the best answer in the. In this constitutional crisis. There are a lot of considerations for that and that may not be the best answer for this constitutional crisis.”
But 10 million people said have signed a petition demanding that Congress begin impeachment proceedings against the president. They were in Washington DC to deliver the signed petitions.
Swamy believes that just going through the impeachment process could widen the political divide and might even hurt Democrats in the 2020 elections.
“Accountability we have, again checks and balances. Our system is set up that way. We voted in a democratic congress in the last election. So he can’t force things. He’s not a dictator. At the end of the day he has to work with congress or congress can block what he wants to do.”
Meanwhile, President Trump once again changed his mind about Mueller testifying before Congress. On Friday, he told reporters that he would let the attorney general decide if the special counsel should appear before Congress which is being planned for end of May.