No one is calling for Trump’s impeachment…yet.
The Dems are sure close though!
Rep. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin said the president’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey reminded him of a “doomsday clock”.
“We should maybe have an impeachment clock,” Pocan said. “And if we did, I think yesterday moved us about an hour closer to having that need.”
He thought Democrats in the House needed to use the threat of impeachment as a “tool” to make the administration follow the law.
“I would argue this has got to still be on the table as an option, especially if, indeed, there was obstruction of justice by the firing of the FBI director.”
Representative Ruben Gallego of Arizona echoed Pocan’s thoughts. He said he would call for impeachment “when there is no longer any other recourse.”
“We are certainly moving down that path,” said Gallego, “There is a lot of runway until we get there.”
Only two presidents have been impeached. The action requires a majority of votes in the House. Then it goes to the Senate which requires a two-thirds majority to remove the president from office.
Since there is a Republican majority in both the House and the Senate, Trump’s chances of impeachment are slim to none.
But with Democrats supporting the action, it could catch voters’ eyes next election cycle.
Some progressive activist groups want Democrats to take the plunge. One of them, Democracy for America, said in a note to members Tuesday that Trump’s actions were “a repeat of Richard Nixon’s most notorious actions during the Watergate scandal” and demanded impeachment. A spokesman for the group says it is the first time it has ever called for a president to be impeached. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee is polling its members now to see whether they support it.
On Wednesday afternoon, several hundred activists gathered in front of the White House, a protest ostensibly about demanding that Congress appoint a special prosecutor to investigate ties between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia. But many of the protesters were more interested in describing Trump’s firing of Comey as a threat to the republic.
“It’s high noon, and we’re at a tipping point for our democracy,” said Ben Wikler, Washington director for MoveOn.org, which organized the rally.
Tom Perez, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said “this is actually worse than the Saturday night massacre.”
Perez told reporters that it was clear to him that former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, forced to resign in February after he was caught lying about his communication with a top Russian official, will be prosecuted.
“When you follow the facts to where the facts lead you, I think it’s going to be clear that there was collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government to affect the results of this election. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why Comey got fired.”
When asked if he supported the idea of impeachment, Perez said:
“I’d like to know what the facts are. And the best way to know the facts is to have an independent investigation.”
The Democrats have been looking for a reason to get rid of Trump ever since it was announced that he had won.
This shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone.