As calls for the impeachment of Donald Trump grow in the wake of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony in front of two different congressional committees yesterday, most are coming from expected quarters.
The bulk of people urging that the House begin an inquiry into impeachment charges are Democrats who either have already made their opposition to Trump and his illegitimate administration quite clear in the past or have been fence-sitting and waiting for the appropriate nudge to push them that final inch.
The imprimatur of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for representatives to follow their conscience in deciding whether to support impeachment helped bring a few more congresspeople to board the impeachment train today — most noticeably Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA), the vice-chair of the Democratic Caucus and the sixth-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives.
“I deeply respect the committee work of House Democrats to hold the President accountable, including hearings, subpoenas and lawsuits. All of our efforts to put the facts before the American people, however, have been met with unprecedented stonewalling and obstruction,” Clark said in a statement this evening, adding, “That is why I believe we need to open an impeachment inquiry that will provide us a more formal way to fully uncover the facts.”
It was the fervent advocacy of impeachment by the former Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe, however, that made the biggest impression on the viewers of CNN this morning when they woke up to find him discussing the implications of Mueller’s testimony and its impact on the impeachment efforts.
As a man who was the target of many of the obstructive actions that President Trump is accused of committing, McCabe was asked his reaction to seeing such a compelling argument for congressional action presented in the previous day’s hearings and yet still see no movement towards impeachment from the House of Representatives.
“It’s baffling to me,” McCabe responded. “From my own experience at the very beginnings of this investigation, we confronted some very hard choices — choices that we knew would have negative repercussions on our organization, on us personally — and we made those choices anyway because it was our job and our duty to do so.”
“I feel strongly that thats the same position that Congress is in now, and they shoiuld step up to the plate and do their job. It doesn’t mean that the presdident will be removed from office or should be removed from office or will be impeached, but it is absolutley clear to me that the time has come for Congress to pursue a dedicated impeachment inquiry,” he forcefully declared.
“I think it would solidify their position legally as they begin the process of going into court to fight over access to witnesses, and it would provide a more coordinated and coheret approach to having other witnesses come in and testify,” McCabe explained.
Of course, Trump supporters will ignore McCabe’s words as sour grapes aimed at Trump out of spite for his particularly cruel treatment of the former top FBI official who was fired just two days before he would have been eligible for his government pension.
Yet, McCabe’s words ring true in that if there was ever a time when one’s duty to the country outweighs any personal consequences, that time is now.
Hopefully, the impeachment train will keep rolling and enough congressional Democrats will board it to bring about the justice that McCabe dedicated his life to enforcing.
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