Pelosi Cracks Under Pressure From AOC: Suggests Trump's Impeachment 'Back On Table'
Pelosi has continually resisted AOC and the Democrats' call to impeach Trump
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared to relent on her stance against moving forward with President Donald Trump's impeachment just hours after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said it was a major "national scandal."
Pelosi has continually resisted AOC and the Democrats' call to impeach Trump because the move would imperil the electability of moderate Democrats in the House.
The House speaker said that a whistleblower, who reportedly claimed that Trump acted improperly during a July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, should be allowed to speak in Congress.
Pelosi's push came as top Republicans, including California Rep. Devin Nunes, predicted it would backfire for Democrats.
Trump echoed Nunes later that evening saying the "real story" was that "Sleepy Joe Biden" had "forced a tough prosecutor out from investigating his son's company by the threat of not giving big dollars to Ukraine."
According to Fox News: The whistleblower drama escalated after The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Trump repeatedly had asked Zelenskiy to investigate Hunter Biden, the former vice president's son who had a key role in a natural gas firm that a Ukrainian prosecutor had been investigating as part of a corruption probe.
At a conference two years after he left office, Joe Biden openly bragged about successfully pressuring Ukraine to fire that prosecutor when he was vice president.
..Breaking News: The Ukrainian Government just said they weren’t pressured at all during the “nice” call. Sleepy Joe Biden, on the other hand, forced a tough prosecutor out from investigating his son’s company by threat of not giving big dollars to Ukraine. That’s the real story!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2019
It is one thing for a sitting president to break the law. It’s another to let him.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 22, 2019
The integrity of our democracy isn’t threatened when a president breaks the law. It‘s threatened when we do nothing about it.
The GOP’s silence & refusal to act shouldn’t be a surprise. Ours is.
CNN later reported the whistleblower had no direct knowledge of the call, and a top Ukrainian official on Saturday defended Trump's actions.
Unverified reports circulated on left-leaning media outlets claiming that Trump could have promised something improper in exchange for Ukraine's compliance, although the Journal reported there was no "quid-pro-quo" involved.
AOC's recent truce with Pelosi came to an end on Saturday when the freshman congresswoman began attacking he own party.
At this point, the bigger national scandal isn’t the president’s lawbreaking behavior - it is the Democratic Party’s refusal to impeach him for it," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
Ocasio-Cortez's tweet, which was sent out on her personal account, which has almost 5 million followers, saw 50,000 "likes" in the first 90 minutes and thousands of comments.