President Trump clearly wants to get things done to move America forward, but the obstruction by the Democrats seems to be working.
President Trump and his aides are privately worried that impeachment investigations will stifle administration work, such as efforts to procure a North American trade deal, even as they publicly gird for a fight, according to multiple insiders. But operatives on his reelection campaign see an opportunity to mobilize the base, setting up a divide between them and White House aides trying to head off damage.
Trump’s confidants charge that the Democrats are acting in bad faith and trying to stymie the president’s chances to advance some policies before the campaign shoves everything else aside. Trump himself unsuccessfully tried to prevent Nancy Pelosi announcing an “impeachment inquiry” by offering to release the transcript of his contentious call with Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian president, according to two White House sources.
“He thought there was a possibility she would back down," said a source familiar with White House thinking. Instead, Pelosi ramped up her rhetoric, announcing on Tuesday evening that she was pursuing an “impeachment inquiry”.
“There’s no timetable for a vote on this. Pelosi is doing it to frustrate the White House and to shore up support for Joe Biden against Elizabeth Warren’s surge,” said a senior campaign adviser.