Rep. Jerry Nadler, the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said that Trump is violating his oath of office by not acting against the Russian threat to US democracy.
Rep. Jerry Nadler, the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said that Trump is violating his oath of office by not acting against the Russian threat to US democracy. #Impeachment #Russians #AllIn pic.twitter.com/oogV9CFKil
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Nadler said that what Trump is doing is the equivalent to FDR denying that the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, ” My reaction to the news is this is absolute proof of what we knew all along and what the president has denied, namely that we were attacked. This is a very serious attack against the United States by a hostile foreign power, an attack against our election process. Our entire governing process. That we know that the attack is continuing. And that our intelligence agencies tell us that it’s going to certainly continue through the next election. And the president and the Republicans in the House for that matter refuse, refuse to do anything about protecting us from an attack. Imagine if FDR had denied that the Japanese attacked us at Pearl Harbor and didn’t react. That’s the equivalent.”
When MSNBC’s Chris Hayes pushed Nader on comparing Russia to Pearl Harbor, he said, “This country exists to have a democratic system with a small D. That’s what the country’s all about. This is an attempt to destroy that. And the president’s core, the presidential oath is to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. This president is refusing to do that.”
If Democrats take back the House, Rep. Nadler’s committee would be holding the impeachment hearings. Nadler’s view of the president’s actions matters a great deal, and he sounds like a man who is ready to pursue impeachment if the evidence merits going down that path. Trump has harmed his country in a way that no previous president has, and to people of a certain age, the irony of Democrats who Republicans spent decades calling soft on Russia during the Cold War defending the country from Putin is not lost.
Democrats are going to do whatever it takes to protect the country, including impeaching Donald Trump.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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