It is now abundantly clear that President Trump should be impeached for the crimes he has committed in office. When the Mueller Report was released, it pointed to ten different occasions on which it appeared that Trump sought to obstruct justice and derail the Muller probe.
The special counsel spoke this week and clarified that if his team had found that the president had not committed a crime they would have said so, and pointed out that Department of Justice rules prohibit the indictment of a sitting president. His implication was clear: impeachment is the only way forward.
While impeachment is almost certain to fail in the GOP-controlled Senate because the craven Republicans in control of the chamber are more than happy to let Trump destroy the Republic if it means they can use him to rubberstamp their regressive agenda, it would pass easily in the House. Subjecting Trump to the proceedings would impress upon the American people the severity of his crimes, damage his reelection bid, and most importantly it’s the right thing to do.
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Many Democrats have already announced their support for impeachment proceedings, but Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has been more measured in her rhetoric, clearly unwilling to rush brashly into what is sure to be a contentious public battle until she has a better read on what will happen. Now, it appears she is moving towards impeachment.
During a conversation with late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, Speaker Pelosi made it clear that before Congress moves ahead with impeachment proceedings, they have to be ready and the American people have to have a clear idea of why it must happen. She said that she knows the president has to be held accountable and that the only person perhaps more aware of that fact than she is Trump himself since he “knows what his violations have been,” with the implication being that impeachment is inevitable.
Despite that, Pelosi has been cautious because she believes Trump wants Democrats to impeach him:
“He knows it’s not a good idea to be impeached, but the silver lining for him is, then he believes that he would be exonerated by the United States Senate, and there’s a school of thought that says, if the Senate acquits you, why bring up charges against him in the private sector when he’s no longer president? So when we go through with our case, it’s got to be ironclad,” she explained.
From there, she outlined Congress’s responsibilities to the American people and pointed out that President Trump doesn’t respect his oath of office.
“The public deserves to know the truth — the facts — and so, when you go down a path like impeachment, which is very divisive, it could divide the country. Let me put it this way: We understand our oaths of office, to defend the Constitution of the United States. Apparently, the president does not understand his oath of office. He doesn’t honor the oath to protect and defend. We know our responsibility, but again, because it is divisive, we have to try to bring people together,” said the Speaker.
Listening to her speak on the issue inspires confidence that she is the right woman for this job, and that when Democrats do make their movie they’ll be prepared and ready to take on this deeply corrupt administration.
Watch the full interview below.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) May 31, 2019