President Donald Trump continues to face growing pressure over his endlessly belligerent behavior. Following the recent announcement of Republican Congressman Justin Amash (Mich.) that he supports impeaching Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) discussed the issue in an interview with MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski, part of which aired this week. Pelosi slammed the vast majority of Republicans who have refused to even consider that their dear leader had behaved in a way to even warrant considering impeachment, and she insisted that no matter the exact path, House Democrats will continue to seek to hold Trump and his associates accountable for their belligerence to the best of their ability.
Discussing whether Amash’s announcement met a threshold of bipartisan support for impeachment she’d previously mentioned was important, Pelosi told Brzezinski:
‘Bipartisan support for impeachment has to be in the Senate. In terms of Congressman Amash, his voice speaks to the silence of so many other Republicans not holding this president accountable for the oath of office that he takes to protect and defend the Constitution and respect the coequal branches of government.’
Amash has faced criticism from besides the unsurprisingly angry President Trump, House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), who derided him as just after attention and supposedly long in cahoots with Democrats.
Amash, for his part, called McCarthy a liar and his commentary “typical Kevin,” but the point remains — it’s the GOP party line to resist any and all serious inquiries into the behavior of President Trump and his associates. Some like Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) have even called for the appointment of a second special counsel to essentially investigate the first one, Robert Mueller, and his Russia investigation.
In a clear break with the GOP party line running in many cases on a complete lack of evidence, Pelosi insists that she won’t be basing any impeachment proceedings on political maneuvering, sharing in what took Brzezinski somewhat by surprise:
‘This isn’t about politics, it’s not about passion, it’s not about prejudice, it’s about patriotism and it’s about the presentation of the facts so that the American people can see why we’re going down a certain path. I feel very confident that the American people know that they deserve to know the truth and that’s what we want to present to them.’
One of the latest issues has been that the Trump administration has adamantly refused to even pretend to comply with House Democratic attempts at information-gathering to the point of declaring executive privilege over Mueller’s entire final report and its underlying evidence and Attorney General William Barr flatly refusing to comply with a House Judiciary Committee subpoena.
This past weekend, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) suggested that impeachment proceedings could be an appropriate method to get after the information they’re seeking. There’s an increasing surge among Congressional Democrats in support of going ahead with impeachment proceedings, including some high-profile figures at this point like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) and presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), who was the first among the crowd of Democratic presidential contenders to make the call.
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