Trump impeachment latest: Pelosi could abandon impeachment effort says legal analyst

Democrats could end up simply abandoning the inquiry into President Trump, former federal prosecutor and a practicing attorney Doug Burns claimed. He told Fox News that Democrats “may end up walking away” from the probe altogether after Ms Pelosi opted not to ask the full House of Representatives to vote on opening a formal inquiry into the Republican who is accused of colluding with Ukraine over political rival Joe Bidden and his son. Ms Pelosi announced that an impeachment inquiry had begun, which is a break in procedure.

Mr Burns said: “You don’t have to be a rocket scientist or an MIT professor to know that they didn’t do a vote because they didn’t want to have [Democratic House members] stand up in districts that were against it and have to vote for it.”

He added that some Democrats are hesitant to support the probe.

The legal analyst then predicted the inquiry would be abandoned.

He said: “I think they’re going to come out and [say]… ‘We do not want to put the American public through this type of debacle. However, of course, it’s fully warranted.


Democrats could end up simply abandoning the inquiry into President Trump (Image: GETTY)


The remarks come as polls suggest half of all Americans want Mr Trump removed (Image: GETTY)

“There’s always a rhetorical flourish for everything, which achieves your goals semantically and rhetorically.”

William McGurn, Wall Street Journal editorial board member, disagreed with the theory.

He said: “I don’t see how… Mrs. Pelosi, once she’s taken this step, I don’t see how you can do it and I think if you don’t impeach the president, it looks like another Mueller report.

“All these promises, ‘We’re gonna get him. We finally got him on the ropes and we don’t do it.’ I find it hard to believe the House won’t impeach.”

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Democrats “may end up walking away”, it has been claimed (Image: GETTY)

The remarks come as polls suggest half of all Americans want Mr Trump removed from office via impeachment.

President Trump is facing an uphill battle against House Democrats in impeachment proceedings, as the House of Representatives continues its investigations.

The proceedings have seen an outcry of support for the President from loyal fans and Republicans.

However, the latest polls suggest support for Mr Trump’s impeachment has surged among Americans.


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Joe Biden and his son are alleged to have been probed (Image: GETTY)

The latest poll from Quinnipiac University found some 51 percent of nationwide US voters approve the House’s inquiry into President Trump.

In comparison, 45 percent of people were found to disagree with the investigation.

The poll is just one of several which has shown a surge in support for impeachment.

An earlier poll from CBS News/YouGov found 55 percent of people approved of impeachment on September 26 to 27.


It is claimed the Ukraine President was involved in the probe (Image: GETTY )

Marist College found growing interest among Americans for impeachment, with a surge from 49 percent on September 25 to 52 percent from October 3 to 8.

Mr Trump still has support from his 2016 election voters, however.

According to a recent poll of 2016 swing states by the New York Times, 94 percent of the President’s 2016 supporters are opposed to his impeachment and removal.

Of those people, 75 percent believed Donald Trump’s conduct with Ukrainian officials was typical, while 11 percent did not.

The same poll also found extensive variation between US political parties and their supporters.

Some 83 percent of Democrats and 85 percent of Hillary Clinton supporters said they hoped for impeachment.

The number drops among moderate and conservative Democrat voters, 75 percent of whom said they support impeachment, while 21 percent oppose.

Among Republican voters, some 93 percent said they opposed the impeachment proceedings and four percent support.