Democratic, Republican Strategies Emerge As Impeachment Inquiry Rolls On

President Trump continued his rampage against the Democrats pursuing his impeachment on Thursday in what appears to be a strategy of going on the offensive, political observers say, by deriding the proceedings as a “scam” and “election interference.”

Democrats are pushing forward with their impeachment inquiry as quickly as possible, with former special U.S. envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker testifying before House committees Thursday. It’s a strategy political observers say is necessary to keep impeachment from bleeding too far into the 2020 election and clouding Democrats’ chances at both taking back the White House and flipping the U.S. Senate.

But Trump has his own plan — to fight.

“He’s going to play offense and basically argue this is a premeditated political setup” by the Democrats, said Republican strategist Ford O’Connell. “Trump wants to make the case that once again they’re crying wolf and if people see this as it’s a partisan base that refuses to accept him as a legitimate president, then he wins.”

O’Connell said the Democrats “want Trump’s head. They want to make him a one-term president. And if they can find a way to force him out of office before 2020, all the better.

“They’re trying to out-maneuver each other in what is a very big political gamble on the Democrats’ side, but they feel this is the best way to beat Trump in 2020,” O’Connell said. “But it is an enormous political gamble that could backfire on them.”

Read more from Lisa Kashinsky at the Boston Herald

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