Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) isn’t taking politics into account as he examines the evidence laid out by special counsel Robert Mueller on President Donald Trump.
Raskin, who is a Constitutional scholar, explained that the crimes outlined in the report are an outright attack on American democracy. He believes this is the reason Democrats must do what it takes to protect the rule of law.
“We shouldn’t be afraid of any part of the Constitution,” Raskin told MSNBC Sunday. “But we understand that impeachment is an extreme remedy for extraordinary circumstances when there are high crimes and misdemeanors committed by the president. There’s no doubt that obstruction of justice is a high crime and misdemeanor. That’s what Bill Clinton was impeached for. When he told a lie about having sex by the Republican-led Congress back in 1998, it’s what Richard Nixon was charged with shortly before he resigned from office. So, obstruction is justice is in that territory.”
He went on to say that he doesn’t’ think the Congress will decide on the impeachment based on what the GOP standard was for Clinton’s.
“I think we understand that high crimes and misdemeanors in our constitutional system relate to offenses against democracy, the character of democracy,” he continued. “And so we just need to see more. I bet you less than 2 percent of the American people read the Mueller report and we need to hear from witnesses to tell the story, so America understands and we also need to recontextualize this.”
Republicans have alleged that Democrats must move on to pass laws instead of investigations. As a point of fact, Democrats have been able to do both since taking power in January. Several bills have made their way through Congress, but Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has refused to vote on them.
Many Democrats are fearful that the Democratic Party will fall in the 2020 elections if Democrats choose to go the impeachment route. Given the Republicans are in charge of the investigation in the Senate, Democratic leaders must be thinking that the political cost could be too high for a Senate that will ultimately dismiss any findings on obstruction of justice.
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WATCH: Trump apologist goes down in flames when he claims Democrats don’t get attacked like Trump
Former White House advisor Matt Mowers went down in flames trying to claim Democrats call everyone a racist when they don't agree with them. He had to go back 15 years to find an example, but still never fully explained what the example was.
In a panel discussion with MSNBC's Kasie Hunt, Mowers employed the "what about" strategy, spinning the idea that Trump's racist remarks were justified because Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) used an anti-Semitic trope. To be fair, Omar apologized and met with community leaders and officials to better understand anti-Semitism. Trump can't even admit when he did something wrong, much less racist.
Congress should ask Mueller these specific questions about Trump’s involvement with Russia: Conservative columnist
Conservative Never-Trump columnist Jennifer Rubin outlined the essential questions that Democrats should ask special counsel Robert Mueller in an op-ed for the Washington Post.
"Rather than engage in the normal scattershot questioning punctuated by speechifying, the House Judiciary Committee should assign its able attorney Norman Eisen to conduct the questioning," proposed Rubin. "Members could then follow up with additional questions.'
One question she proposed asking: "Mr. Mueller, the attorney general said you did not find 'collusion.' However, you did not look for collusion. Please explain what you looked for and how that differs from [Attorney General William] Barr’s assertion that you essentially cleared President Trump of collusion?"
Trump plays ‘small ball’ because he can’t get a big hit on anything: Democratic Congressman
Rep. Anthony Brown (D-MD) accused the president of being unable to hit a home run on any of the promises he made in 2016. Instead, he's playing "small ball."
Using a baseball metaphor, Brown explained that President Donald Trump isn't exactly the heavy hitter he wants to pretend he is.
"I think the president is playing political small-ball. He's a small-baller on the political field," said Brown in an MSNBC interview. "What I mean by that is he gets no big wins, home runs or base hits when it comes to health care and infrastructure or any other important policy matters that the American people have focused on."