The impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump by the House has stalled efforts to pass gun-control legislation, three Senate sources said in a news report Thursday.
"Hard to imagine Trump doing a signing ceremony of anything with Speaker Pelosi at his side, and Democrats are the only ones agitating for gun control," one Senate staffer told The Washington Free Beacon.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced Tuesday that six committees in the Democratic-controlled House would investigate the possibility of impeaching Trump.
The president has slammed the inquiry as "presidential harassment" and "a total witch hunt."
The investigation is expected to engulf the House for months, the sources told the Free Beacon, stymieing efforts to pass legislation ranging from gun control to lowering prescription drug prices to a new North American free-trade agreement.
"The impeachment stuff sucks up all the oxygen," a second Senate staffer told the Free Beacon.
Gun control most likely will not be a congressional priority "for a while," a third staffer said, while others Hill employees are now preparing for impeachment proceedings.
"Policy and legal staffers got quick reminders in impeachment procedures yesterday but that doesn't mean anything," that staffer told the Free Beacon. "It's more like, 'well, if it happens, we better be ready.'"
Even Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., acknowledged the impeachment probe will stall many legislative efforts, including gun control.
"I'm hoping that these things can be compartmentalized and that we can continue to pursue policy that I've been advocating," Toomey told Politico this week. "But I acknowledge that a lot of clamoring for impeachment is not helpful.
"It makes it more difficult."
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