Dem leaders feel squeeze on Trump strategy

Van Drew said the years-long investigative saga into Trump’s conduct reverberates with die-hard partisans — both those who adore the president and those who detest him. But “the large, amorphous body of people in between,” he cautioned, have reached a phase of “investigative exhaustion” with a cast that includes special counsel Robert Mueller and Attorney General William Barr.

“What comes up the most with those people is, in all honesty, they want it to come to an end,” he said. “Mueller, Barr the president, everybody — they sent us to Congress to get things done.”

Still, a vocal liberal faction of the party is applying pressure from the opposite side of the spectrum, arguing that Democratic leaders are going too soft on Trump and his administration — and could deflate the party’s base if they don’t get more aggressive.

“All I hear from my constituents is that we’ve got to get rid of this president — that’s basically all I hear,” said Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.), chairman of the House Budget Committee, who warned of the political risk if the Democrats’ investigations don’t produce some public results in the next few months.