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Mon Jun 10, 2019, 08:56 PM

4. I'm sure she's considering it. I wouldn't be surprised if she's discussed it with Tribe privately

But, here's the thing. Professor Tribe's advice is a hybrid of constitutional analysis and political strategy* so the weight she gives it will depend on which part of the advice she's considering.

He's saying that the House has the right and power under the Constitution to hold hearings that result in Trump being convicted in the House. And then he stresses that this is the best way to get the attention and support of the American people, who will respond to all of this favorably.

The first part of the advice is right in Professor Tribe's wheelhouse. He's a brilliant Constitutional scholar and his interpretation, views and advice on its applicability and the House's power under it merit tremendous deference if not outright acquiescence.

However, the next step in his analysis and advice isn't focused or based on constitutional powers and prerogatives, but offers political advice - e.g., why his proposed course of action will trigger the most favorable public response. His political savvy - which is surely considerable - notwithstanding, this is Nancy Pelosi's wheelhouse.

Pelosi has several options she can pursue. Professor Tribe has presented her with one and has assured that it is constitutionally viable. But I will leave it to Speaker Pelosi to determine whether this is the best course of action since she must - and has the chops to - weigh and assess and balance a variety of considerations beyond the Constitutional efficacy of each action.

*Tribe's piece in the Washington Post focused much more on his Constitutional analysis and didn't stray too far into the political weeds. However, in subsequent interviews, he's expanded his advice to the political benefits of taking the action he suggests.

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