In a animated rant on Wednesday, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) charged that Democrats “don’t have the guts” to impeach President Donald Trump.
Gaetz made the remarks during a House Judiciary Committee hearing to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over the unredacted Mueller report.
“Glad to see the microphone is working this week,” Gaetz began, referring to an earlier incident where he was silenced by Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY). “How can we impeach if we don’t get the documents? How can we impeach if we don’t get the documents? Ladies and gentlemen, this hearing is not about the Attorney General. It is not about the Mueller report.”
“This is all about impeaching the president,” he continued. “Now, why don’t they just say it? Why don’t they just jump to the impeachment proceedings like their liberal media overlords are telling them to do? The reason is the American people don’t support impeachment and it is easy to understand why.”
According to Gaetz, American voters oppose impeachment because the economy is “hot.”
“They have to delegitimize the guy people voted for but they don’t have the guts to do it directly so they go after the attorney general,” the congressman asserted, ignoring Trump’s attempts to delegitimize former President Barack Obama by claiming he was not a U.S. citizen.
“I have a bunch of my friends on the other side of the aisle that [sponsor] actual bills that would impact the lives of Americans [that should] get heard instead of this garbage,” Gaetz complained. “The Obama Administration ran an intel operation against the Trump campaign. [FBI agent] Peter Strzok opened it up, the dossier kept it going and now the Democrats need to get over it. I yield back.”
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Ocasio-Cortez: Democratic refusal to impeach Trump is a ‘bigger national scandal’ than Trump’s lawbreaking
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., criticized House Democrats on Saturday for their unwillingness to impeach President Donald Trump despite new revelations that he may have pressured Ukraine to dig up dirt on one of his potential Democratic rivals in 2020, former Vice President Joe Biden.
"At this point, the bigger national scandal isn’t the president’s lawbreaking behavior - it is the Democratic Party’s refusal to impeach him for it," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Saturday night.
She also retweeted 2020 presidential candidate and former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, who responded to a story about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refusing to reevaluate her position on impeaching Trump in spite of the Ukraine story by saying, "What is Congress waiting for? This is crazy. Unless we take action now, we will see the end of American democracy."
Torn by Brexit, Labour to vote on way out of the crisis
Britain's main opposition Labour Party prepared to vote Monday on a new Brexit strategy that could unite its warring factions and avoid a potential drubbing in early polls.
Britain is hurtling toward its October 31 departure from the European Union without an exit agreement and facing the threat of border disruptions that the government admits could cause food shortages and spark civil unrest.
Yet the same disputes over ways out of the crisis that saw Prime Minister Boris Johnson's right-wing Conservatives lose their working majority -- and make a general election appear inevitable -- are also fraying Labour on the left.
UK travel giant Thomas Cook set to collapse: report
Thomas Cook's 178-year existence was reported to be coming to an end on Monday after the British travel firm struggled to find private investment to keep it afloat, potentially affecting thousands of holidaymakers.
The operator has said it needs £200 million ($250 million) or else it will face administration, which could affect 600,000 holidaymakers and require Britain's largest peacetime repatriation.
A source close to the negotiations told AFP that the company had failed to find the cash from private investors and would collapse unless the government intervened.
But ministers are unlikely to step in due to worries about the pioneering operator's longer-term viability, the Times reported, leaving it on the brink.