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Nancy Pelosi
House Minority
Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (C) is joined by (L-R) Rep. Linda
Sanchez (D-CA), House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Rep. Eric
Swalwell (D-CA) and Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) for a news conference
in the House Visitors Center in the U.S. Capitol March 24, 2017
in Washington, DC.

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  • Democrats have gone from being optimistic to confident
    that they will take back the House of Representatives following
    the November midterms.
  • The possibility has stirred speculation about whether
    Democrats will move to impeach President Donald Trump.
  • Few Democrats want to actively talk about impeaching
    Trump, because most consider it a nuisance and a distraction
    from more serious issues.

As the November midterms come around the corner, Democrats have
gone from being optimistic to confident that they will take the
House of Representatives.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said
as much
when she appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen
Colbert” earlier this week.

Up until today, I would’ve said, ‘If the election were
held today, we would win,'” she told the host. “
What
now I’m saying is, ‘We will win.'”

As Democrats gear up to regain control of the House, it has
stirred speculation about whether the party will move to impeach
President Donald Trump. Indeed, Republican lawmakers and
candidates have made that a bedrock
of their campaigns
leading up to the midterms, warning that they’re the only ones
standing between the president and vengeful Democrats.

But few Democrats want to actively talk about impeaching
President Donald Trump, whether it is in the Capitol or on the
campaign trail. For many, the issue is a nuisance and a
distraction from more serious issues. Senior leadership has also
repeatedly cautioned against impeachment, warning that it would
only deepen partisan squabbling in Congress.

The House previously tabled
attempts
by Texas Rep. Al Green, a Democrat, to impeach
Trump. The most recent instance occurred in January, when only 66
Democrats voted to keep the impeachment resolution, compared to
121 who sided with the entirety of House Republicans. Three
Democrats voted “present.”


Read more:
More Americans are calling for
Trump’s impeachment than ever — here’s how that would play
out

Democratic operatives have also been irked by billionaire
megadonor Tom Steyer and his “Need to Impeach” campaign.

Steyer has launched
high-dollar campaigns
calling for Trump to be impeached, in
which he tells voters, “People in Congress and his own
administration know this president is a clear and present danger
who is mentally unstable and armed with nuclear weapons … and
they do nothing.”

Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen, the current chairman of the
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, told Business Insider
in May that Democrats need to navigate their campaigns the way
they see fit.

But regarding Steyer’s impeachment effort, “I would
use my resources a little differently.”

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