In the wake of the controversy surrounding the dismissal of former FBI Director James Comey, a number of Democrats are calling for the impeachment of President Trump.
Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, recently released a statement claiming that Comey’s firing obstructs the investigation “of the president’s campaign ties to Russian influence in his 2016 presidential election.” Green asserted that Trump has perpetrated acts that “amount to intimidation and obstruction.”
“Our mantra should be I.T.N—Impeach Trump Now,” Green wrote in an email, which included a line typed in red imploring those who received the message to “forward this email to others who may be interested.”
— Scott Wong (@scottwongDC) May 15, 2017
The White House has defended the decision to dismiss Comey. Most Democrats are calling for a special prosecutor to spearhead the investigation into Russian interference into the 2016 campaign, contending that the firing was meant to undermine the probe.
Other Democrats, such as Green, are demanding impeachment.
Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif. has been calling for Trump’s impeachment for months. Waters posted a tweet in April claiming that she would “fight every day until he’s impeached,” although she later denied insisting on impeachment. In a Thursday interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, she reiterated her claim.
“I’ve said all along that he will lead us to impeachment, and he’s doing just that,” Waters said. “We’re fiddling while Rome is burning. This president needs to be impeached.”
Others Democratic legislators who are pushing impeachment include Reps. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., who told a local news station last week that Democrats were “actually pretty close to considering impeachment,” and Mark Pocan, D-Wis., who asserted on local radio that if there was an “impeachment clock,” Comey’s firing would have moved it an “hour closer.”
Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., posted a tweet last week contending that “Impeachment will happen if a handful of Republicans in Congress join Dems to put country above party. Or in 2019 after Dems win the House.”
Impeachment will happen if handful of Republicans in Congress join Dems to put country above party. Or in 2019 after Dems win the House. https://t.co/g9U67QY2gg
— Rep. Jared Huffman (@JaredHuffman) May 12, 2017
Evidence of Trump’s effort to obstruct justice continues to emerge. Lock HIM up? https://t.co/YwsHaNzKlW
— Hakeem Jeffries (@RepJeffries) May 12, 2017
At a town hall meeting last night, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, warned “I will just say I understand the calls for impeachment, but what I am being cautious about and what I give you food for thought about is that if President Trump is impeached, the problems don’t go away, because then you have a Vice President Pence who becomes President Pence.”
But one former Democratic Ohio congressman Dennis Kucinich told Fox News Tuesday that there was a “danger in engaging in compulsive opposition.”
“It is destructive to America to proceed with an impeachment at this stage of the presidency,” Kucinich said. “This is not the first thing you reach for, because when the first big move a party makes is towards impeachment, it’s very difficult for the American people to conclude that it is anything but a partisan issue.”
“It’s far better to offer alternatives to the policies of this president,” Kucinich said. “Otherwise, this is a grim partisan effort which inevitably will go nowhere.”
H/T: Fox News
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