House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is gathering her frustrated caucus Wednesday morning to soothe their anger over White House stonewalling and remind them of the many fronts on which Democrats are investigating President Donald Trump and his administration.
According to Politico, while some members are infuriated at Trump’s tactics, an overwhelming respect for and trust in the Speaker is so far keeping them in line.
“I don’t think anything happens without the speaker,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), who has spoken in favor of an impeachment inquiry, told Politico. “We really want to keep people united. We’re not going to take action if the speaker is not there. I think the speaker is very strategic, very smart. We’ve got to show her where the caucus is.”
Pelosi, meanwhile, is just trying to turn down the heat until the Memorial Day recess when she can spring her members free to their home states where tempers can cool and stress can dissipate.
She’s reportedly hoping that the longer any talk of impeachment is delayed, the less acute the obsession will be as national attention shifts to ousting Trump via the ballot box in 2020.