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.
Congressman blasts ‘tough guy’ Lewandowski for blowing off hearing: He wants to ‘launch his senatorial campaign’
On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," House Democratic Caucus chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) laid into President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Corey Lewandowski for his aggressive behavior before the House Judiciary Committee.
"As you know, Democrats want to call other witnesses for this impeachment investigation," said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "Do you worry, though, that Lewandowski set the precedent for not cooperating?"
"Well, Lewandowski portrayed himself as a tough guy," said Jeffries. "He's a likely candidate for a Senate seat in New Hampshire. And he was there probably to try to launch his senatorial campaign, not to take seriously his responsibility as a witness to participate in this hearing on behalf of the effort to find the truth for the American people. But that is okay. Because the American people can judge Lewandowski based on what they've seen from today and in terms of whether he was participating in a cover-up or participating in effort to reveal information to the American people."
‘This is not a reality TV show’: Democrat shuts down Rep. Collins when he tries to stop her questions about obstruction
Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) had a freakout when a Democratic member of Congress dared to call out the president's obstructions of justice during the hearing with Corey Lewandowski Tuesday. During her questioning, Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL) drew conclusions outlined in special counsel Robert Mueller's report, but Collins proclaimed it was against the rules.
"Point of order, Mr. Chairman," Collins interrupted her opening statement.
"The gentleman will state his point of order," Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said.
"I would just ask, is the gentle lady accusing the president of a crime?" Collins asked.
Lewandowski’s testimony will let Democrats build Nixon-like articles of impeachment: Ex-prosecutor
As President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski combatively testified before the House Judiciary Committee, he admitted that Trump asked him to communicate to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions that former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation must be shut down. Aside from that revelation, most of the testimony was unproductive, with Lewandowski lashing out at members of Congress and running interference for the president.
But as former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti wrote on Twitter, these outbursts — and the fact that Trump sanctioned the way that Lewandowski behaved in the hearing — could be the basis for Democrats to write up articles of impeachment against Trump similar to those drafted against Richard Nixon in 1974: