While House Democrats are still divided over impeachment, Republicans are broadly unified in circling the wagons around President Donald Trump, with only Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) calling for the president to be removed.
But as Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) told CNN’s Erin Burnett on Thursday, many GOP lawmakers are privately fuming about Trump’s abuses of power — they just aren’t willing to say it out loud.
“Democrats are taking this very seriously,” said McCollum. “And there’s a broad diversity of opinion, and that’s good. So when we come together and form unity it’ll be a thoughtful one. Whereas many of my colleagues on the Republican side of the aisle, what they say in the elevator and then I hear on shows such as yours are very different, you know, exact opposite. So we’re having thoughtful discussions and we need to do that.”
“So when you hear Justin Amash come out and say he’s for it, you’re saying other Republicans are basically telling you the same thing, in the elevator, in private,” said Burnett.
“Republicans are saying the president’s use of emergency powers is outrageous,” said McCollum. “They — you know, some of the things he’s done in the budget with zeroing things out, what he’s done with the border wall, and then saying you know, he can spend money however he chooses to. The Congress, which — I’m on the Appropriations Committee, we have the power of the purse. They’re outraged by some of these remarks, but I don’t hear them say it publicly.”
‘Stop ignoring facts for political advantage’: CNN’s Cuomo tears into Trump’s refusal to lead on coronavirus
On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," Chris Cuomo — still battling his own bout with COVID-19 — laid into President Donald Trump's lack of leadership throughout the crisis.
"Stop ignoring the facts for political advantage. Get real. The past is over," said Cuomo. "There can be no more letting politics reinforce our worst instincts. We need to build on our best instincts. And that said, what I'm asking you all to do now, the man at the top refuses to change."
He displayed a clip of Trump being confronted at the day's press conference, by his February claim that cases would soon be down to zero. "Well, the cases really didn't build up for awhile, but you have to understand, I'm a cheerleader for this country," said Trump in the clip. "I don't want to create havoc and shock and everything else. I'm not going to go out and start screaming, this could happen, this could happen."
‘He’s continuing to lie’: Anderson Cooper slams Trump’s two-faced attack on mail-in voting
On CNN Tuesday, anchor Anderson Cooper tore into President Donald Trump's attacks on mail-in voting.
"The president also today continued to spread falsehoods about voter fraud as a reason not to have wider vote-by-mail efforts in the general election," said Cooper. "Many Wisconsin voters are having to stand in line to vote today because the two separate court decisions by the state and U.S. Supreme Court prevented Wisconsin from moving its election day, also extending the deadline to receive mail-in ballots. Never mind the hypocrisy, pointing to the president, he himself voted by mail-in ballot. This is what he said."