Dem strategist: 'Path is clear' for Trump impeachment

Democratic strategist Juanita Tolliver on Wednesday said that the path was clear for impeachment proceedings to take place against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTed Cruz knocks New York Times for 'stunning' correction on Kavanaugh report US service member killed in Afghanistan Pro-Trump website edited British reality star's picture to show him wearing Trump hat MORE after two of his former confidants were found guilty or pleaded guilty in federal criminal probes.

"I think the path is clear," Tolliver, who is the campaigns director at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on "Rising," when asked if it was more likely that Democrats move forward on impeachment after the developments with former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortDemocrats return to a battered Trump Manafort's legal team argues NY prosecution constitutes double jeopardy Clip surfaces of Paul Manafort and wife on Nickelodeon game show MORE and former Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen.

"Honestly, I don't think it's going to fall to Democratic challengers once they take House, but it's really on congressional Republicans right now, who are in those seats who have the opportunity right now to hold the president accountable, and really name and pin down this culture of corruption that he's perpetuating," she continued. 

Congressional Democrats have been quick to comment on the developments surrounding Manafort and Cohen.

Rep. Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerJudiciary Committee chairman Nadler dismisses Kavanaugh impeachment calls Nadler: Trump impeachment needed 'to vindicate the Constitution' Words matter, except to Democrats, when it involves impeaching Trump MORE (D-N.Y.), the ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, said the president could be “part of a federal crime.”

“If, as Michael Cohen testified in his guilty plea, his felonies were committed at the direction of @realDonaldTrump, then the POTUS would be part of a federal crime - the only thing limiting DOJ from prosecuting being an OLC ruling saying a sitting president cannot be indicted," Nadler tweeted on Tuesday. 

Nadler will likely become the committee's chairman if Democrats take back the House in November, which could mean the committee would begin impeachment proceedings.

However, House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico This week: House jump-starts effort to prevent shutdown Schumer, Pelosi push Trump to back universal background check bill MORE (D-Calif.) said on Wednesday that impeachment was not a priority for Democrats after Cohen's guilty plea. 

"Impeachment has to spring from something else," Pelosi told the Associated Press. "If and when the information emerges about that, we’ll see."

"It’s not a priority on the agenda going forward unless something else comes forward," she said. 

— Julia Manchester