Rep. Khanna: Too Soon to Decide on Trump Impeachment


Passing over Trump's attacks on democratic rights, such as the Muslim travel ban, the forced separation of immigrant parents and children, the encouragement of fascists and neo-Nazis, congressional Democrats have focused instead on the likely political impact of the passage of an impeachment resolution by the Democratic-controlled House, to be followed by acquittal of Trump in a trial before the Republican-controlled Senate. "I mean, ethically unfit".

The Democrats want Donald Trump to be impeached as soon as possible.

Just after the New Year, during a Rose Garden press conference, the president claimed Pelosi had assured him she's not looking into impeachment.

"No. I don't think he is [unfit]". Intellectually unfit. Curiosity-wise unfit.

"No. No. I don't think he is", she said.

"Well, I believe that this president is the biggest crisis for America in a generation", Steyer said.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Kersti Kaljulaid in Washington on Wednesday. 13 March 2019. Source Office of the President
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Kersti Kaljulaid in Washington on Wednesday. 13 March 2019. Source Office of the President

For two full years, Democrats pinned their hopes on the report of the special counsel finding evidence of collusion with Russian Federation to initiate action against Mr. Trump.

"And Nancy said we're not looking to impeach you".

Trump subsequently retweeted Diamond and Silk, a seeming endorsement of their analysis of the Hatch Act, which says that most executive branch employees are prohibited from engaging in certain political activities. That's good. But you know what? Pelosi's caution towards impeachment was echoed by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and other Democrats on Capitol Hill, who agreed their colleagues must remain patient until investigations have wrapped. "We need to see what the facts are", Hoyer, D-Md., told reporters.

I'm not for impeachment. "We want to pay money to people who don't even want to work'". The feisty politician simply said, "I'm not for impeachment", when asked about her stance regarding the issue.

Many Democrats have been planning to move impeachment proceedings, but seniors in the party have been more circumspect about it.

Last month, after Trump declared a national emergency and ordered the Pentagon to shift funds appropriated by Congress for military construction to build his border, Pelosi said, quite correctly, that in seeking to bypass the congressional "power of the purse", Trump was "shredding the Constitution".

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