House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is proceeding cautiously with the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, holding closed-door meetings to gauge how Democrats are following along with the process, while refusing to give any concrete plans for how she wishes the inquiry to play out.

“Are you ready?” Pelosi asked her caucus on Wednesday, Dec. 4 behind closed doors to discuss the next phase of the proceedings, where members were told to leave their cellphones in cubbyholes and staff were not allowed in the room.

Pelosi’s main focus, according to two sources familiar with the clandestine meeting, was on whether the Democratic Party was ready to move forward with impeachment. This was met with an unambiguous yes from her caucus.

Democrats are investigating whether President Trump has engaged in a quid pro quo—now  bribery—in a July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and pressured Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter in exchange for military aid.

To date, no concrete evidence of wrongdoing by the president has been established.

President Trump himself also denied any wrongdoing, and Zelenskiy also said that there was “no blackmail” in the call.

But Pelosi on the other hand, fell short of providing answers to several key questions from her caucus amid the impeachment chaos: where she currently stands on impeachment, what the articles are looking like, and when a House vote is set to unfold.

A Dec. 4 CNN report has pointed out, “[Pelosi] wouldn’t specify any sort of timeline, didn’t lay out the scope of the articles — and indicated to her colleagues that it wasn’t even clear yet if the House would, in fact, impeach Trump.”

When asked by CNN on Tuesday night if she has established a decision on impeachment, Pelosi’s message was clear: let the inquiry keep brewing.

“No, we haven’t made it,” Pelosi told CNN.

Pelosi’s caucus members aren’t too confident about the impeachment process, however.

“There is no anxiety on this thing, I can tell you that right now,” Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) said after the Wednesday meeting. “We’re not happy we’re at this point or doing this. It’s got to be done, though. That’s our oath of office, and we will do it.”

But the ultimate decision on the scope of the articles and the schedule for impeachment all boils down to what Pelosi thinks and how she chooses to act.

Pelosi “has publicly and privately been coy for weeks about her plans, saying she would let the process play out and refusing to put a time frame on a final vote,” CNN reports. “But Pelosi’s recent conversations show that the House is nearing a crucial moment that will define Trump’s presidency and could have long-lasting ramifications for the country.”

However, Pelosi’s stalling – or stealthy moves on the inquiry, is speculated to be “a strategy Pelosi has employed throughout her speakership,” according to CNN.

One instance of this, as CNN has pointed out, was when she “announced in late September that there should be an impeachment inquiry, after a majority of her caucus had announced their support for one.”

Pelosi has yet to reveal any concrete plans for how she wishes for the impeachment inquiry to proceed.

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