Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) has served alongside Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in the House of Representatives for over two decades. The two are close allies in Congress.
On Wednesday, Schakowsky announced her support for opening impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump — a position Speaker Pelosi has avoided.
MSNBC anchor Lawrence O’Donnell interviewed Schakowsky about how she arrived at her decision, which she said Speaker Pelosi neither sought to stop nor delay.
Schakowsky explained how she read the Mueller report, which she said presented a “slam dunk” case that Trump obstructed justice.
My Statement on Calls for an Impeachment Inquiry…. pic.twitter.com/D3JD866sqg
— Jan Schakowsky (@janschakowsky) June 20, 2019
But it wasn’t just a political decision.
“This is very personal,” Schakowsky said.
“For me, it’s very personal. Not only have I heard from over 1,000 people from my district, but it’s personal because my son has been encouraging me,” she revealed.
“How could you, Mom, as a progressive Democrat, is there someone who is more deserving of being impeached? Were not the Founding Fathers thinking about the possibility of a Donald Trump? Is there a better example of someone who has defied the Constitution and who has obstructed justice and who is every day diminishing our democracy?” she said her son asked.
“I thought about this almost as a legacy issue. What am I going to say to him today and what will I say to my grandchildren tomorrow in a situation like this?” Schakowsky wondered.
Brian Williams compares Corey Lewandowski’s opening statement to the North Korean news lady
MSNBC host Brian Williams on Tuesday noted the similarities between former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and North Korean news anchor Ri Chun Hee.
"Corey Lewandowski, the former Trump campaign manager who is now considering a Senate run in New Hampshire, testified before the House Judiciary Committee today," Williams reported. "It is likely his North Korean anchorwoman-quality opening remarks were meant were one viewer (Donald Trump)."
Ri, who has earned the nickname "Pink Lady," is known for her enthusiastic reading of government-approved news.
Watch the video below from MSNBC.
‘Train-wreck of a witness’: Analysts nail ‘obstructive’ Corey Lewandowski for proving the Democrats’ case
Political commentator Catherine Rampell disagreed with New York Times columnist Frank Bruni that the Democrats faltered during the hearing with Corey Lewandowski Tuesday. Former state and federal prosecutor Elie Honig called Lewandowski a "train-wreck of a witness."
She explained that Democrats had an extremely low bar: they had to prove Trump obstructed justice and that Corey Lewandowski gave one of the examples of such obstructions. In that sense, Rampell said they accomplished their goals.
"I don’t think this was a great day for Corey Lewandowski," she began. "This is a guy who went on TV and announced to the world -- apparently at the same time he is also trying to fundraise for Senate -- that he lies most of the time. Except when he's under oath."
WATCH: Ana Navarro keeps shouting down Trump booster — even as CNN host cuts to commercial
President Donald Trump cheered on his top Hispanic advisor Steve Cortes, who appeared before a New Mexico audience. Trump asked Cortes which he loved more, Hispanics or America, which prompted CNN's Ana Navarro to blast the president for racism. Meanwhile, Trump's latest CNN shill cried "political correctness."
"Look, I suspect he didn't want to offend Steve Cortes and I suspect Steve Cortes was not offended," Navarro said. "But really what a stupid thing to say. Right? To somehow ask the question about whether you love the country more than you love Hispanics -- they are one and the same."