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 TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall 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 ManafortWhite House braces for Mueller report Hillicon Valley: Trump pushes to speed up 5G rollout | Judge hits Roger Stone with full gag order | Google ends forced arbitration | Advertisers leave YouTube after report on pedophile ring Manafort to be sentenced for bank, tax fraud in Virginia on March 8 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 NadlerTrump should beware the 'clawback' Congress House Judiciary Dems seek answers over Trump's national emergency declaration Omar apologizes after Dem leaders blast tweets as 'anti-Semitic' 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 Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiOn The Money: Senate Dems to introduce resolution blocking Trump emergency declaration | Banks made billion in extra profits thanks to GOP tax law | IRS analyst charged with leaking Cohen's financial records Coast Guard lieutenant accused of planning domestic terrorism denied bail Inviting Kim Jong Un to Washington 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