House Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said that Trump should be impeached even if Mitch McConnell won’t allow a vote in the Senate.
“DC insiders have long been telling the public that Barr is an institutionalist and he would never do what he just did. Well, he did it before in 1989. And it is no doubt exactly why Trump fired Sessions and went around regular order to install Barr.” pic.twitter.com/0stB6BnqkA
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Chairman Nadler said:
We are concentrating our resources on determining whether to impeach the president. Personally, I think the president ought to be impeached.
Now I’m talking in my personal opinion. In my personal opinion, impeachment is imperative. Not because he is going to be removed from office. The Senate won’t do that but we have to vindicate the constitution. We have to make sure that the next president or the one after him or her knows there is a real penalty to be paid. That’s why we — the impeachment is necessary, even if we cannot get a vote in the Senate.
Nadler raised an interesting question that House Democrats are wrestling with. Is impeachment worth it if Mitch McConnell refuses to allow a vote on removing Trump from office in the Senate? Can the principle be defended if there is no real consequence to impeachment?
It is a difficult question without a clear answer. If the economy tanks, it might not matter if Democrats impeach or not because Donald Trump will be toast. The House Judiciary Committee chairman isn’t hiding his feelings anymore. He sounds ready to recommend articles of impeachment, and we will soon see if the entire House follows.
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Mr. Easley is the managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a 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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