President Donald Trump sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday decrying the impeachment inquiry and urging her not to move forward. In that letter, he included a reference to local politics — in particular, to the fear that some Democrats have of having to face “socialist ” opponents. He specifically mentioned Rep. Jerry Nadler, whose district includes the Upper West Side. See the excerpt below and the full letter here.
Nadler is facing a primary challenge next year from Democrat Lindsey Boylan, a former economic development official in the Cuomo administration who pushed early on for Democrats to move forward with impeachment. In a letter to supporters headlined “Looks Like I Scared Trump”, Boylan writes that “As most of you know, I am a progressive Democratic candidate, not a socialist, who knows impeachment is not about partisanship — it is our constitutional duty.”
While it wasn’t clear earlier in the year (prior to the Ukraine whistleblower’s letter) if Nadler would push for impeachment, he has since been a key figure in the impeachment inquiry, leading the Judiciary Committee’s efforts to draft and vote on articles of impeachment. The articles will likely be voted on in the House on Wednesday night (Update — Trump was impeached). In a letter to constituents, he explained why he supports impeachment.
“Overwhelming evidence shows that President Donald Trump put his own interest, his personal political needs and selfish wants, before the country he swore an oath to defend. President Trump risked our national security, jeopardized the fairness and honesty of our next election, and worked to conceal the truth from Congress in violation of his responsibility to the American people.
Photos via White House flickr, Lindsey Boylan for Congress and Carol Tannenhauser (Nadler photo).