This week’s public impeachment hearings have been compelling for those looking to tighten a legal case against President Donald Trump.
“The cover-up makes what [Richard] Nixon did look almost small,” said Rep. Nancy Pelosi.
“There’s a lot more going on in this trial than the Nixon administration trial. There’s a lot more foreign government interference which is illegal for any election. There’s a lot of obstruction of justice going on on the part of the President from preventing his senior staff from appearing in Congressional testimony,” says political analyst Cheryl Quinio Blodgett.
Despite mounting evidence against the president, who is accused of using the office to pressure Ukraine to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his son, Blodgett points out that the Democrats still face the hard task of convincing a majority of the American people that trump deserves to be impeached.
“The American people are very jaded against politicians and government over the last two decades. This is why the current campaign of the Democratic message to the American people is very muddy. Trump’s message is very clear. This is a partisan issue, they’re playing partisan politics and I have no wrongdoing.”
But if these public hearings do convince more Americans to favor Trump’s impeachment, it could sway some Senate Republicans and that could spell trouble for the president.
Blodgett also cited recent Republican election losses in Kentucky in the gubernatorial race and the Democrats’ takeover of both chambers of Virginia’s state legislature.
“I believe the only way to remove this president is to elect him out.”
If an impeachment trial in the Senate happens, it could overlap with the 2020 presidential nominating contests, and Trump might be facing off another Republican candidate first, before any Democratic candidate.