WASHINGTON — Michael D. Cohen’s explosive testimony this week about President Trump’s potentially felonious conduct has not moved House Democratic leaders closer to initiating impeachment proceedings against the president, with top lawmakers preferring to pursue multiple intertwined inquiries as they await the results of the special counsel’s investigation.
Democrats on Thursday emphasized their intent to explore and broadcast Mr. Trump’s actions through existing investigations, believing that, lacking startling new evidence, a drawn-out gantlet of inquiries will do more damage to a president seeking re-election than a partisan impeachment that could only roil the country and energize Republicans — a thousand cuts over a swing of the ax.
“Yes, we have unambiguous evidence that the president has committed a crime at this point, I think,” Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said in an interview. “Do we have unambiguous evidence he has done impeachable offenses? We’ve got a ways to go yet.”
Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, who has steadfastly pushed back against calls to try to impeach Mr. Trump, told reporters that impeachment was “a divisive issue in our country,” and that she was more concerned with the president’s declaration of a national emergency at the southern border.
The findings of the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, will significantly influence how they proceed, top House Democrats cautioned, but at the moment their preparations for battle are focused almost exclusively on unearthing new facts and challenging the Justice Department for access to the evidence that Mr. Mueller has gathered, not on meting out punishment.
Democratic pollsters who once helped assemble guidance for talking about the importance of the special counsel investigation are developing new polling to help lawmakers reframe the debate on presidential wrongdoing around Mr. Mueller’s possible conclusion, to lay the groundwork for continued investigations and to push back against the attempts by the president’s allies to play down the significance of wrongdoing.
“It should be the last thing on members’ minds,” Representative Mike Quigley, an Illinois Democrat who sits on the Intelligence Committee, said about impeachment. “You have to be patient and you have to be practical. You don’t stop a criminal investigation when you have enough. You stop when you have learned everything there is to be learned.”
The resistance to impeachment puts the leadership at odds with some rank-and-file Democratic lawmakers, liberal activists and a significant portion of Democratic voters who believe that sufficient evidence already exists to start the process of ousting the president. As House inquiries proceed, pressure will mount on Ms. Pelosi and other top Democrats to take action against Mr. Trump.
“There are only two questions left: How deep is the corruption and what do you want to do about it?” said Tom Steyer, the California billionaire who has crusaded for Mr. Trump’s impeachment and poured millions into organizing for town halls and national advertising to pressure Democratic lawmakers.
Mr. Cohen’s testimony only made that message more urgent, he said: “You cannot uphold the rule of law and say we are not going to prosecute the president, we are not going to hold him to account, we are going to throw out the Constitution because it is politically awkward for us, because it makes us harder in an election.”
The impeachment of Bill Clinton came just after a midterm election. Richard M. Nixon resigned more than two years before the next presidential election, and was serving in his second term anyway.
Mr. Nadler, whose committee would be tasked with overseeing impeachment proceedings, has consistently said that he would not even consider starting an impeachment process without significant Republican backing. The fierce Republican attack on Mr. Cohen at Wednesday’s hearing showed that has not materialized at this point.
Lawmakers leery of impeachment say that Democrats would be better served by expanding their investigations into the president’s possible connections to Russian interference in the 2016 election, payments of hush money to women who say they had affairs with Mr. Trump, the pursuit of Russian business deals and the financial benefits that he may be reaping from his office.
In something of an encore to Mr. Cohen’s testimony, Democrats were already preparing to hold an open hearing with Felix Sater, a longtime business associate of Mr. Trump, on March 14. Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said the hearing would focus on a proposed Trump Tower in Moscow.
In the meantime, Democrats have been lining up arguments to ensure that they can ultimately gain access to all of the evidence gathered by the federal investigators under Mr. Mueller.
Mr. Nadler said he was fearful that the Justice Department would try to contort its policies against indicting a sitting president and sharing information about uncharged individuals to justify withholding key evidence against Mr. Trump from Congress. He and other Democratic chairmen are prepared to issue subpoenas and fight in court if need be.
“We all believe in the separation of powers,” Mr. Nadler said. “If you are saying the judiciary cannot hold a sitting president accountable because he cannot be indicted, then Congress has to. It is the only other one that can.”
A full-blown impeachment inquiry carries special weight and symbolism and would open the door to Mr. Trump and Republicans saying he is being unfairly pursued by overreaching Democrats.
After Wednesday’s hearing, Representative Elijah E. Cummings, the Maryland Democrat who leads the Oversight Committee, noted that the “I-word” was mentioned only by Republicans during the questioning of Mr. Cohen.
“I want to proceed very cautiously,” he said. “But isn’t it interesting, not one person, not one person on our side even mentioned the word impeachment? Not one. Not one. They did, but not us.”
As the hearing demonstrated, Republicans are already trying to use impeachment as an issue against the Democrats. They said Mr. Cohen’s high-profile appearance, carried start to finish on television, was a spectacle intended to lay the groundwork for a coming impeachment hearing.
“They are not wanting to tip their hand because there is still hope against hope that impeachment will come up, but they are trying to find an alternative, which is this endless cycle of investigations,” said Representative Doug Collins of Georgia, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee.
Outside of leadership, other Democrats say impeachment of Mr. Trump is practically inevitable as the inquiries proceed.
“I think it is almost going to be impossible not to deal with because so much has come up and so much will be revealed,” said Representative Steve Cohen, Democrat of Tennessee and a senior member of the Judiciary Committee who has introduced his own articles of impeachment. “These investigations are the precursor to impeachment. I don’t see a downside. I think that the facts will lead you to the ultimate conclusion that it is necessary.”B:
大东方心经仙人指路【萧】【灵】【泷】【轻】【笑】【一】【声】，【抬】【起】【头】，【不】【闪】【不】【避】【的】【看】【向】【眼】【前】【的】【男】【子】，“【你】【觉】【得】，【你】【的】【摄】【魂】【术】【对】【我】【会】【有】【用】【吗】？” 【男】【子】【身】【体】【僵】【了】【僵】，【那】【是】【怎】【样】【的】【一】【双】【眼】【睛】【啊】，【黑】【漆】【漆】【的】【眼】【瞳】【含】【着】【无】【尽】【的】【冷】【漠】，【又】【像】【是】【无】【尽】【的】【死】【寂】，【没】【有】【一】【丝】【人】【类】【的】【情】【感】。【散】【发】【的】【冷】【意】【令】【人】【如】【置】【冰】【川】，【彻】【骨】【的】【寒】【意】【将】【人】【笼】【罩】【其】【中】，【动】【弹】【不】【得】。 【萧】【灵】【泷】【偏】【了】【偏】【头】，【男】
【余】【晚】【坐】【到】【桌】【子】【一】【边】，【双】【手】【放】【在】【桌】【子】【上】，【一】【手】【支】【着】【她】【的】【脑】【袋】，【一】【手】【闲】【暇】【有】【节】【奏】【的】【敲】【击】【桌】【面】，【有】【些】【出】【神】【的】【看】【着】【青】【龙】【蛟】，【想】【着】【该】【如】【何】【安】【置】【它】： 【这】【货】【总】【要】【晋】【阶】【的】【吧】？【这】【天】【池】【虽】【好】，【可】【惜】【不】【让】【妖】【兽】【接】【近】【啊】。 【青】【龙】【蛟】【被】【余】【晚】【这】【般】【直】【勾】【勾】【的】【盯】【着】【发】【毛】，【立】【马】【开】【口】【打】【破】【这】【沉】【默】【的】【气】【氛】【道】： “【我】【说】【臭】【丫】【头】，【你】【这】【么】【盯】【着】【蛟】【干】【嘛】？
“【无】【知】【狂】【徒】【尔】【敢】，【反】【了】【你】【了】。【好】【好】【在】【你】【师】【弟】【这】【里】【反】【省】，【若】【是】【千】【年】【后】【还】【是】【这】【般】【狂】【妄】，【便】【是】【粉】【碎】【了】【你】【这】【魂】【魄】，【老】【朽】.”【黑】【老】【者】【气】【不】【打】【一】【处】【来】，【他】【盘】【旋】【在】【空】【中】【最】【后】【一】【句】【话】【没】【说】【完】，【就】【离】【开】【了】。 【终】【究】【是】【不】【争】【气】【的】【东】【西】，【白】【白】【浪】【费】【他】【这】【些】【年】【的】【辛】【苦】【栽】【培】【了】。 “【师】【傅】，【放】【心】【吧】。【师】【兄】【在】【我】【这】【里】【很】【安】【全】【的】。【你】【们】【放】【心】【吧】。
【狼】【队】【和】sk【上】【演】【了】【神】【仙】bo5【挺】【进】【决】【赛】，【但】【是】【决】【赛】【中】【主】【力】【上】【单】008【打】【完】【第】【一】【场】【之】【后】，【因】【腰】【伤】【退】【赛】，【替】【补】【上】【单】【张】【断】【水】【登】【场】，【面】【对】【强】【大】【的】sst，【张】【断】【水】【成】【了】【致】【命】【突】【破】【口】，【最】【终】【决】【赛】lang【队】1:3【告】【负】，sst【获】【得】s6【世】【界】【总】【冠】【军】。 【半】【决】【赛】【结】【束】【之】【后】，【李】【牧】【和】【小】【白】【直】【接】【去】【了】【医】【院】，【悠】【悠】【的】【手】【术】【很】【顺】【利】，【当】【悠】【悠】【睁】大东方心经仙人指路【出】【了】【这】【么】【大】【的】【事】【情】，【毛】【学】【礼】，【毛】【承】【禄】，【毛】【仲】【明】，【毛】【有】【德】【接】【到】【许】【杰】【的】【消】【息】【之】【后】，【第】【一】【时】【间】【赶】【回】【了】【皮】【岛】。 【赶】【回】【来】【后】，【几】【个】【人】【当】【然】【是】【一】【阵】【鸡】【飞】【狗】【跳】【的】【喊】【打】【喊】【杀】，【因】【为】【他】【们】【在】【心】【中】，【已】【经】【真】【正】【将】【毛】【文】【龙】【看】【作】【了】【是】【自】【己】【的】【父】【亲】【而】【不】【是】【利】【益】【相】【关】【的】【干】【爹】。 【不】【过】【好】【在】【东】【江】【镇】【里】【还】【有】【几】【个】【威】【望】【颇】【高】【的】【老】【将】【军】【能】【镇】【住】【场】【子】。 【沈】【其】
“【当】【然】【是】【顾】【总】【要】【见】【你】【啦】。【不】【然】【呢】？【这】【个】【项】【目】，【是】【顾】【总】【亲】【自】【领】【导】【的】。【她】【当】【然】【要】【过】【来】【见】【一】【见】【甘】【作】【家】【你】。【并】【且】，【以】【后】……【嗯】，【既】【然】【是】【合】【作】。【甘】【作】【家】，【你】【以】【后】【见】【顾】【总】【的】【机】【会】，【还】【要】【更】【多】【呢】。” 【范】【总】【监】【将】【甘】【培】【培】【的】【讶】【然】【与】【惊】【喜】，【尽】【数】【看】【在】【眼】【内】，【不】【由】【笑】【道】。 【怎】【么】【说】【呢】？ 【甘】【培】【培】【这】【样】【的】【表】【情】、【甚】【至】【是】【心】【态】，【他】【也】【不】【是】【不】【能】
【非】【止】【一】【日】，【不】【死】【营】【进】【入】【邺】【城】。 【郭】【旭】【计】【划】【在】【这】【里】【停】【留】【一】【天】，【补】【充】【一】【些】【需】【要】【的】【东】【西】。【出】【了】【邺】【城】，【向】【北】【就】【要】【逐】【渐】【走】【出】【乞】【活】【军】【的】【控】【制】【范】【围】【了】。【也】【就】【是】【说】，【要】【随】【时】【准】【备】【厮】【杀】【了】。【特】【别】【是】【过】【了】【汲】【水】【之】【后】，【那】【就】【是】【王】【浚】【的】【控】【制】【范】【围】。【而】【且】，【王】【浚】【在】【汲】【水】【一】【带】【布】【置】【了】【重】【兵】，【肯】【定】【不】【会】【让】【郭】【旭】【他】【们】【轻】【易】【通】【过】。 【杨】【清】【风】、【允】【天】【机】【早】【就】【得】