MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews urged Congressional Democrats to impeach President Donald Trump on Friday.
Some Democrats have argued that they need to wait for special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, but Matthews argued that there is already widespread evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors committed by Trump.
“There’s some argument that the push for impeachment is ahead of schedule, I think a stronger argument can be made that it’s way behind schedule,” Matthews argued. “The fact is, Donald Trump’s impeachable crimes have been committed in broad daylight.”
Matthews listed some of the events that he believes rise to the level of impeachable offenses.
“Trump asking the FBI director, James Comey, to drop his investigations of national security advisor, Michael Flynn. Trump firing the FBI director for refusing to do so, worse yet, firing him for refusing Trump’s demand to declare personal loyalty to Donald Trump above the law,” Matthews charged.
“Trump firing his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, for insisting on following Department of Justice rules in a case where he played a personal role, with his part in Donald Trump’s campaign,” he continued.
“And try this for high crimes and misdemeanors — Trump paying off someone for hiding a matter from the voters that could have turned the election, a violation of campaign finance laws,” Matthews reminded. “Secretly signing checks month after month — in the Oval Office — to pay for the silence of women he had a relationship with.”
“And what about Trump’s ring-leadership of his people, including family members, and to win the support of foreign power, Russia, to win the presidency,” he continued.
“Democrats who control the House of Representatives should consider what they are already looking at and not spend two more years looking for the cherry to put on top of the cake Donald Trump has already baked,” Matthews continued.
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