A Strategy Emerges to Counter House Democrats: Dare Them to Impeach – The New York Times

Michael B. Mukasey, who served as attorney general under President George W. Bush, said the imperative was one familiar to presidents of both parties. “Look, the president has various prerogatives and the one thing he wants to make sure is when he passes this off, he hasn’t given them away in a way that binds his successor and other successors down the line,” he said. “That’s not unique to this administration.”

Mr. Trump has argued that he cooperated with Mr. Mueller’s investigation by permitting aides like his former White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, to testify and providing reams of documents, although the president himself refused to be interviewed in person. Mr. Trump would much rather have this fight with Congress now than next year when he will be in the middle of a presidential campaign, Mr. Giuliani said.

“He’s feeling that, except for a couple of these people, that most people are ready to move on,” Mr. Giuliani said, adding that Democrats could lose 30 to 40 seats in the House if they try to impeach Mr. Trump. “Part of the strategy is to flush them out, and part of it is also a calculation that the public really isn’t particularly interested in this anymore and that they’re going to look bad by fighting it.”

While Mr. Trump is pushing Democrats on impeachment, Mr. Giuliani dismissed the idea advanced in some quarters that the president believes it would actually be politically advantageous for Democrats to impeach him without convicting him because it would rally Republicans coming into the presidential election.

“Nobody wants to be impeached,” Mr. Giuliani said. “I think Clinton would say, even though it worked out to his favor, he would have rather not been impeached.”


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