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An ever-growing number of House Democrats, including increasingly those in pro-Trump districts, are coming out for Donald Trump’s impeachment.
One of those is freshman Rep. Haley Stevens, who won in a district carried by Trump. Stevens is just out with this statement: “Over the last several days, I have been deeply alarmed by reports of serious abuse of power by President Trump.
“The President is alleged to have used the power of his office to pressure a foreign head of state for his own personal political gain. Furthermore, the Director of National Intelligence continues to illegally withhold information about this matter from Congress. If investigations confirm recent reports, these actions represent impeachable offences that threaten to undermine the integrity of our elections and jeopardize the balance of power within the federal government.”
Even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has tamped down any serious move towards impeachment, reportedly now is sounding out colleagues that now might be the time.
That, of course, leaves Republicans. Only Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan stepped up and endorsed Trump’s impeachment. And in the end, Amash left the Republican Party to become an independent.
The silence–indeed, the political cover– that congressional Republicans have provided for Trump’s countless crimes and misdeeds is precisely what led some like Pelosi up until now to see the fruitlessness of pursuing anything like impeachment.
However, other Republicans, such as noted anti-Trump commentator Ana Navarro, are urging their colleagues finally to step up and do the right thing.
“What I am going to do is implore with Republicans, elected Republicans particularly in the Senate, to for once during this administration put your damn country over your damn party,” she said. “You know, we’re talking about the Ukraine. This is — this is a country where Republicans invested so much. I remember all the times that John McCain went there. There’s a street named for him because the U.S. was with the Ukrainian people, against the invasion of Russia and Crimea because the U.S. was such an integral part of wanting to build a democracy and a strong government in Ukraine. So now for Republicans to look the other way and play dumb is absolutely grotesque.”
Yes, Republicans, put your damned country ahead of your damned party indeed.
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