Pelosi and the House Democratic Caucus

From reports of the Democratic caucus conference call today, Nancy Pelosi wants to wait until there is enough support in the country to move forward on the impeachment of Donald Trump.

This is no time to replay the failure of Pelosi and the Democratic caucus to move on impeachment in 2019. Had they begun a broad impeachment inquiry in April or the summer of 2019, and used that inquiry to educate the American people about the nature and extent of Trump’s crimes and abuses of power, it is possible that we would have never come to the EMERGENCY SITUATION in which we find ourselves today.

Instead, Pelosi led the Democratic caucus to a narrow impeachment inquiry focused solely on the Ukraine, and the wholly predictable acquittal of Trump in his removal trial. Predictably, Trump was emboldened by his acquittal, and proceeded to commit increasingly bold abuses of power and “high crimes and misdemeanors”, culminating in his attempted coup d’d’état since November 3, 2021 and his incitement of a mob on January 6, 2021.

Trump orchestrated the gathering of the mob, and then in a fiery speech incited the mob to march on and invade the Capitol as part of an insurrection in order the thwart Congressional ratification of the December 14 Electoral College vote.

A policemen and a demonstrator were killed in the riot, and three other people died of natural causes. Under the felony murder rule, each of the demonstrators could be responsible for these deaths.

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"The Trenchant Observer" is edited and published by James Rowles (aka "The Observer"), an author and international lawyer who has taught International Law, Human Rights, and Comparative Law at major U.S. universities, including Harvard, Brandeis, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Kansas. Dr. Rowles is a former staff attorney at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States OAS), in Wasington, D.C., , where he was in charge of Brazil, Haiti, Mexico and the United States, and also worked on complaints from and reports on other countries including Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. As an international development expert, he has worked on Rule of Law, Human Rights, and Judicial Reform in a number of countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and the Russian Federation. In the private sector, Dr. Rowles has worked as an international attorney for a leading national law firm and major global companies, on joint ventures and other matters in a number of countries in Europe (including Russia and the Ukraine), throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and in Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam, China and Japan. The Trenchant Observer blog provides an unfiltered international perspective for news and opinion on current events, in their historical context, drawing on a daily review of leading German, French, Spanish and English newspapers as well as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and other American newspapers, and on sources in other countries relevant to issues being analyzed. Dr. Rowles speaks fluent English, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish, and also knows other languages. He holds an S.J.D. or Doctor of Juridical Science in International Law from Harvard University, and a Doctor of Law (J.D.) and a Master of the Science of Law (J.S.M.=LL.M.), from Stanford University. As an undergraduate, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree, also from Stanford, where he graduated “With Great Distinction” (summa cum laude) and received the James Birdsall Weter Prize for the best Senior Honors Thesis in History. In addition to having taught as a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, Dr. Rowles has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University's Center for International Affairs (CFIA). His fellowships include a Stanford Postdoctoral Fellowship in Law and Development, the Rómulo Gallegos Fellowship in International Human Rights awarded by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and a Harvard MacArthur Fellowship in International Peace and Security. Beyond his articles in The Trenchant Observer, he is the author of two books and numerous scholarly articles on subjects of international and comparative law. Currently he is working on a manuscript drawing on some the best articles that have appeared in the blog.