The Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) went on Fox News Sunday and told Fox viewers that Democrats do not work for Trump.
Transcript via Fox News Sunday:
WALLACE: Excuse me Congressman, but I mean the fact is almost since he took office, first it was collusion with the Russians, the Mueller report said it couldn’t make a case there. Obstruction, which Democrats still believe is the case, now Ukraine. There’s been an awful lot about investigating the president, impeaching the president, removing the president since he took the oath of office.
JEFFRIES: Well, the House is a separate and coequal branch of government. We don’t work for this president or any president, we work for the American people. We do have a constitutional responsibility to serve as a check and balance on a potentially out of control executive branch. That is not the Democratic Party playbook, that, in fact, is the James Madison playbook. Madison indicated that the House should serve as a rival to the executive branch because the Founders didn’t want a king, they didn’t want a dictator, they didn’t want a monarch, they wanted a democracy.
So we do have a responsibility to defend our democracy. We’re here at this moment right now because the president decided to pressure a foreign government to target an American citizen for political gain and at the same time, withhold $391 million dollars in military aid from a very vulnerable Ukraine, which is an ally to the United States and is still at war with Russian-backed separatists in Crimea. That’s why we are at this moment, Chris.
Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, member of the House Judiciary committee to talk impeachment. Chris asks Jeffries if the Democrats would have a better case for against the president if they didn't talk about impeaching him since he took office. #FNS #FoxNews #Impeachment #Politics pic.twitter.com/PLJyfqaUzJ
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Trump and his supporters believe that Democrats should not be investigating the president, and Trump’s Attorney General Bill Barr believes that Democrats don’t have the constitutional authority to investigate Trump.
None of these points are accurate. As Rep. Jeffries pointed out, the House is a co-equal branch of government, and he told Fox News viewers the truth that the constitution is on the side of the Democrats.
Democrats not only have the authority, but they have a duty to the nation to hold Trump accountable.
House Democrats work for the American people, and they aren’t going to be pushed around by Donald Trump.
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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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