Aprominent Democrat has followed through on her vow to keep President Trump’s feet to the fire over a laundry list of alleged wrongdoing. Only she’s in New York, not Washington, D.C.
New York Attorney General Letitia James issued subpoenas to Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank on Monday to obtain records related to the financing of four major Trump Organization projects and a failed effort to buy the Buffalo Bills, the New York Times reported. Meanwhile, on the opposite end of the anti-Trump spectrum, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Monday that she was no longer interested in pursuing impeachment of the president.
James said she wanted a range of documents that include loan applications, mortgages, lines of credit and other financing transactions in connection with the Trump International Hotel in Washington. Congressional testimony last month from Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen prompted this new investigation.
In December, before she was sworn in as New York’s first Black woman attorney general, James said she would aggressively investigate the president.
“We will use every area of the law to investigate President Trump and his business transactions and that of his family as well,” she told NBC News, which reported that she planned to “launch sweeping investigations” into Trump, his family and “anyone” in his circle “who may have violated the law once she settles into her new job next month.”
In Washington, Pelosi told the Washington Post that she was “not for impeachment,” as the nation anticipates the release of Robert Mueller‘s report into possible collusion between Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russia. Democrats were expecting the report to show that Trump committed financial crimes and obstruction of justice.
“Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it,” Pelosi said.
Her remarks raised some eyebrows among liberals.
“Impeachment is not going to be top on our agenda,” the congresswoman said during a brief phone conversation. “It doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen. But at this point in time, we really think that some of the things our community needs are way more important than us going after impeachment now.”
But not all Black lawmakers were on the same page. California Rep. Maxine Waters told MSNBC on Saturday that she believes “we have everything needed to basically impeach” the president.