Dems In Congress Can't Decide If They Should Impeach Trump (HBO)



To impeach, or not to impeach?

Elizabeth Warren broke the ice for the 2020 field on Friday afternoon when she called for Trump’s impeachment in a Twitter thread.

And during a town hall on Monday night, two top-tier candidates – Senator Kamala Harris and Mayor Pete Buttigieg- joined the call to bounce Trump from office.

“I think he’s made it pretty clear that he deserves impeachment,” said Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who’s surging in polls right now.

But Mayor Pete and senators don’t make that decision- at least for Warren and Harris, not yet.

The people who will really decide this are the Democrats in the House of Representatives. And right now, they’re struggling with the question that Democrats always seems to be struggling with: what’s more important—principles or politics?

Speaker Pelosi seems to be trying to strike a balance: move forward slowly, play down the impeachment talk, and characterize your investigations as regular old fact-finding. She held an all-caucus call on Monday to rally her base, and in a readout provided by a person on the call she called on Democrats to “save our democracy.”

“Whether it’s articles of impeachment or investigations, it’s the same obtaining of facts. We don’t have to go to articles of impeachment to obtain the facts, the presentation of facts.”

A lot of House Dems seem to be following that lead for now. Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon represents a mostly blue-collar district west of Philly. She’s a freshman elected last fall on the anti-Trump wave. She’s also the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Committee—the committee that is normally tasked with an impeachment investigation.

When asked bluntly if she would impeach the president today, Scanlon said no.

“I wouldn’t right now. I think we have a lot of work to do to get there. It’s not something you jump into. There’s so many important avenues of investigation that we’re not finished with,” she said in her district office on Wednesday morning.

The office says that in the last week, they’ve received 178 letters or emails asking for impeachment; 85 letters or emails saying that oversight should happen first; and 124 people have asked for the Mueller report to fully released to the public.

One constituent call that Vice News was allowed to listen to on Wednesday featured a woman struggling with the impeachment decision- but for different reasons. But she urged members of Congress to “get to the bottom of this” Mueller report.

“I’m not sure about impeachment. I’d love it but Pence is evil. I’m concerned about him being president. At least Trump is dumb,” she explained to a Scanlon staffer.

But for the Congresswoman Scanlon this isn’t a question about Trump being dumb or not. It’s a question of how congress should do its job. Is the moral high ground to impeach Trump?

“I think acting as a check and balance on an administration that’s out of control in a lot of ways is the moral high ground. It’s why a lot of us ran and that’s why a lot of us were elected,” Scanlon told VICE News. That’s the question that Scanlon thinks faces each member of Congress: “When you look at all of the evidence does it lead you to conclude that for the good of our country. Impeachment is what we have to do that. That it’s an executive who cannot function.”

Scanlon thinks that if impeachment were to happen in the House, that Republicans may be on board.

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Comments

    LibertyMatrix

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    Jeffrey Trammell

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    Demacrats is not perfect

    Kalash Operator

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    Shit, impeach the entire government. Both parties should be removed, and we need to start over

    Cbr Duck

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    What are they going to impeach him on? Making the country, BETTER? You Democrats have a mental disorder. Borderline domestic terrorism. You all should be forced to drink some water containing common sense and freedom. When a fact was truth no-matter how feelings were involved. Understand, if you get what you seek so badly, your government is the one the second amendment speaks of.

    Christian Revelator

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    Impeach the Democrats …. America will be in ruins …. who is that Butt … Butt what ?

    the real McCoy

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    Inpech if bill Clinton got inpech for lieing so show this pig I voted for him but I take it back I don't like sell outs.

    Mike Barra

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    What laws did Trump break again?

    Mercury Mars

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    Impeach for what,,,,,,doing awesome TRUMP 2020

    Brain Waves

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    Vice is loosing subs and views like a emo kids slit wrists

    Sovereign Rex

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    For a democracy to function people must accept the vote. The whole point of the vote is so we don't go to war with each other, if one group doesn't accept that then the problem is with those people and not the system.

    A whole generation of people seem to have not been taught about how the system works and to respect the vote, this needs to change.

    Sovereign Rex

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    The religion of Leftwatism is the fastest way to shithole a country.

    Sovereign Rex

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    Leftwatics are in the middle of the longest childish suck attack in human history.

    freshbingo

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    A single dem can't decide
    "DEMS IN CONGRESS CAN'T DECIDE"

    Phillip Schmauch

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    Lol for what? Get over it losers

    xxP1ST0LER0xx

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    They can’t decide on anything they just love to talk about things and achieve nothing.
    TRUMP #2020

    Jay Rizzoli

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    Not gonna happen. Sore losers.

    Edmund Dobry

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    Impeach him for what? Being an American? Dems have been doing everything in and out of their power to get Trump impeached. Impeach this president and their will be another civil war. See dems have no candidate that will beat Trump, so now they are over reaching for impeachment. If Trump gets impeached, then Killery must go to prison.

    Zach Ragsdale

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    No proof of any collusion whatsoever. Ehh…impeach him anyways, and let's nominate the creepy old guy who obviously has an affinity for young girls. LOL so dumb!!!!!!!!!

    Robert Rodriguez

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    So it's ok for presidents to lie, collude, bribe pornstars, trying to obstruct the case by firing an FBI agent. If so I'm willing to run.

    Ey the Mischief

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    Eminem said it in Revival already.

    wimmisky

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    If principles mattered more than politics they wouldn't impeach him either. He won the election largely due to a DNC operative (Schultz) openly colluding with the preferred candidate and alienating/discouraging a substantial part of the party base. They reacted to the failed election by declaring it a result of Trump's direct collusion with a foreign government and foreign agents, going to the extent of having multiple heads of intelligence agencies outright fabricate "intelligence" to leak which has since been exhaustively proven false by the Mueller report. This included contracting a foreign government spy to fabricate an "intelligence memo" filled with salacious details like that Trump had went to a bugged hotel where the Russians captured video of him pissing on Russian intelligence agents acting as prostitutes and escorts to use as blackmail, which the US national broadcast media didn't hesitate to disseminate and speculate on. They alleged collusion with Russia for three straight years after the election, which if true ought to be grounds for the death penalty IMO not impeachment, but the over two year federal investigative process conclusively demonstrated that no such thing had occurred, while also prosecuting bad actors in the administration for a variety of corruption charges (something that happens in all political campaigns and was a good thing) and ending with a conclusion that it couldn't conclude either way on whether or not he obstructed justice by interfering in a the investigation. Now, from a legal perspective, that's a criminal act, but since they couldn't find enough evidence to prove or disprove if he did or not the legal matter has been settled and it comes down to a question of morality and ethics where my verdict is if he obstructed justice he fucked up, but tempered by the fact that half of the US government openly rebelled against his legal and duly elected presidency because of their personal interests and then openly and deliberately colluded with the national media to conspire to create one of the longest lasting and largest smear campaigns against an American politician in history, and certainly the largest since the postwar Communist scares.

    StupidWaluigi

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    Just impeach the orange he’s an embarrassment to our country! (Share your opinions)

    bababugbess68

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    Yeah you Morons Impeach a not guilty President who was chosen bye the people of this country how do you delusional idiots think you can do this i am embarrassed bye your stupidity the world must think we are a joke.

    Doctor Penne

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    Man the libtards can’t read I guess, he didn’t do anything wrong. Lol instead of being a broken record actually point real facts out. I mean unless it hurts your feelings…

    Daniel Callahan

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    lol democrats are the most bigoted type of american and the least worthy of respect since they refuse to ever admit their bias
    i hope their child molester joe biden runs in 2020 LOL it would be such an easy win for trump

    youngsaaron

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    I’m missing why trump should be impeached

    uchiabetrayer2

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    Orange man, bad. Must impeach.

    WheelmanGames

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    Principles/Politics….
    No..
    Trump/Pence….

    Bailey Ramirez

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    It’s clear this woman presenting this video is bias lmao

    bobby288

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    Dems: “we want to impeach Trump because he is a terrible and lying madman who is bad for America”

    Also Dems: “wait, If we impeached Trump then a more conservative leader would take his place? Yeah, never mind.”

    If Trump is such a terrible president and deserving of impeachment, then why is Mike Pence’s subsequent presidency stopping you from impeaching Trump?

    Lord Baelish

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    For the good of the country??
    The economy is amazing.
    Europe finally understands the u.s. isn't its free shield.
    Social program have been improving.
    Peace with North Korea.
    Defended of the Syrian people from a madman Gassing his own nation.
    The world has been remembered who America is!

    Chad Hill

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    Are you kidding me! They have a chance to get him out of there and They have to think about it

    Peter Rasch

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    Go Trump/Pence — From all of us at the Heartland Institute (Psychiatric Ward – B) MAGA BPD DMDD USA ODD WD40

    El Makinon Chingon

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    Our politicians just want the people to be distracted from the real issues of our nation, and anything else that affects the people direct or indirect, wake up brothers don't be fooled by the antics of our politicians.

    Lumpy Finn

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    I hate donald trump more than anyone but impeachment doesn't seem worth it at this point, Dems should focus on winning 2020. Then arresting trump after they win

    Loretta Brail

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    How stupid. The majority is for Trump.democrats are as corrupt as it gets. We voted for Trump. The dann socialists will be overturned by by the people if these idiots democrats . your video is completely biased. So stop trying to be CNN. That BS already exists.

    stripymccatpuss

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    DO IT DEMORATS, JUST STOP TALKING AND FUCKING DO IT !!, I will sit back with a beer and some popcorn and watch your whole house of cards come tumbling down and laugh my ass off when Trump wins in 2020.

    Chucky Justice

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    Regressives

    Joaquin Barraza

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    See I don’t know if trump should get impeached even though imma populist progressive democrat because look at pence if he becomes president many new problems will emerge so we should wait and if we impeach pence we will have Pelosi which is good but wouldn’t happen and could lose or win more votes !!?!!??!!? What to think

    Joaquin Barraza

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    See I don’t know if trump should get impeached even though imma populist progressive democrat because look at pence if he becomes president many new problems will emerge so we should wait and if we impeach pence we will have Pelosi which is good but wouldn’t happen and could lose or win more votes !!?!!??!!? What to think

    Mr SnS

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    Should the House DEMS vote to Impeach only for it to be blocked by the Senate REPUBS, but at least have them REPUBS "on record" for supporting a Criminal in the WH – OR- should the House DEMS only worry about the 2020 election to vote the Criminal out, but let him get away with "high crimes and misdemeanor" for the next 2 years?

    Walter Aldeguer

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    Dems is a dying party. This is to laughable cause Trump is the change that their Obama claimed he was for we know now that was full of shit. America needs to get behind anybody that WE as the people decided to make of President.

    jay1two3

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    It’s just political rhetoric. If they could they would. They can’t do it. It’s just campaign strategy. This video is sadly part of the misinformation campaign.

    Andy Williams

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    There are so many important issues in consumer privacy, the environment, medical price gouging, energy, and lowering our debts- that could be 1 million times more productive than arguing about one man.

    petix len

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    Focusing too much on your political agendas.. focus on real problems. Health care,homelessness in big cities,drugs,trash being sent to asian countries. There are countries just waiting for america to fail because of their own personal agendas.

    Bill Whiteside

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    Dems can;t impeach Trump with their treasonous crimes and lies.

    Don Quixote

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    Lol. Journalism is dead haha and dems are eating themselves alive. Trump is a troll and you all are falling into his palm. Didnt vote for him, but it is a fact that he committed no crime. Obstruction cannot occur if there in not an underlying crime being obstructed. Learn to Code. I just wrote the whole story that should be told.

    Killacamfoo O.G.

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    Please do. I can't wait for the war that will ensue.

    TheInfekt

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    Dems dont want to say it but if you impeach 45, you get Pence. Trump is not ideological but Pence is smarter and ideological.

    Nasty One

    (April 26, 2019 - 3:44 am)

    This is stupid

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