Michigan Democratic Deputy Chief Whip Dan Kildee said Monday that his party was “agonizing” over what to do about President Donald Trump after the Mueller report revealed “frightening” corruption, chaos, and incompetence in the White House.
“I have been really disturbed by what I’ve read in the Mueller report, particularly the interactions between the president and his counsel, Don McGahn,” Kildee said.
“We’re going to have to make a hard call on this,” he continued. “The easy ones are where we know there will be blowback, but there’s no question about what we should do.”
“I’ve got to tell you, this is one we’re going to agonize over,” Kildee said of the choice to impeach or censure Trump. “The look that we’ve had into this presidency through this report is frightening.”
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House Dems are nearing a ‘tipping point’ on impeachment because they’re sick of looking ‘weak’: CNN reporter
House Democrats may have finally reached their breaking point when it comes to impeaching President Donald Trump, CNN's Manu Raju reported on Monday.
After days of digesting news that Trump repeatedly pressured the Ukrainian government to launch an investigation into potential Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, Raju reports, many once-cautious Democrats now believe that impeachment is the only option they have left to thwart the president's lawlessness.
"House Democrats are telling me this morning that they believe that the caucus is nearing a tipping point on impeachment because of this growing controversy, and because they believe that this will be a triggering event and that the public will get behind," he explained.
Lawmaker flips on impeachment over Trump’s Ukraine scandal: ‘I don’t think we have much of a choice’
Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX) said on Monday that lawmakers don't "have much of a choice" but to impeach President Donald Trump, who allegedly asked Ukraine's president to fabricate dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
"You have also been clear, sir, at least up until now that you are not supportive of impeachment against the president," CNN host Poppy Harlow told Gonzalez. "You said just in June the best way to impeach Trump is to defeat him in 2020."
"But if The Wall Street Journal reporting bears out -- and we have no reason to believe it won’t -- that the president eight times demanded this investigation by Ukraine and if there was any quid pro quo for U.S. aid to Ukraine, do you then support impeachment of the president?" the CNN host asked.
Republicans can only defend Trump’s lawlessness by engaging in ‘disturbing political gymnastics’: Dem lawmaker
Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI) on Monday told CNN's John Berman that he has been incredibly disturbed by the Republican Party's transformation into a personality cult surrounding President Donald Trump.
In the wake of new revelations about the president repeatedly pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to launch an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, Kildee said he was stunned to see so many Republicans either remaining silent or working to defend the president's actions.
"The framers of our Constitution anticipated the possibility of a rogue presidency," he said. "What they did not anticipate is that an entire political party... would wrap their arms around a president who so clearly is flaunting the law. It's so disturbing to see the political messaging gymnastics that some of these Republicans are doing to try to either divert attention away from this terrible moment or to somehow justify it as if, 'Well, it's really not that bad.'"