MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow said the political considerations of impeachment are beside the point.
Maddow appeared on “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” where she told the host that Democrats had a constitutional duty to investigate President Donald Trump by opening an impeachment inquiry — regardless of the unknowable political consequences.
“If a president commits high crimes and misdemeanors,” she said, “the way the Congress is supposed to hold him accountable is by opening an impeachment inquiry, doing an investigation and then voting on whether or not they think that it rises to that level.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has so far resisted calls for impeachment from dozens of House Democrats, saying she preferred to see the president voted out next year instead of exposing the party to political risks for an impeachment process that would almost certainly end in the Republican-controlled Senate.
“Whether or not that hurts the president, helps the president, hurts the Democrats, helps the Democrats, A, is unknowable and, B, should be beside the point,” Maddow said, “and if you are doing it for the right reasons I think you are more likely to persuade the country that you’ve done it for the right reasons, rather than you having tried to think everybody around the corner in terms of how this is supposed to work out.”
Maddow urged Democrats to launch an impeachment inquiry “in terms of the constitutional imperative.”
“Who cares who it’s good for?” she said.
New report targets 15 House Democrats who ‘deserve’ progressive primary challengers
As progressive candidates continue to announce their intentions to oust corporate Democrats, a new report names 15 House Democrats to unseat in primary challenges.
Published Monday by the left-leaning group RootsAction, the new report is entitled Bad Blues: Some of the House Democrats Who Deserve to Be 'Primaried.'
The list, the report notes, "is by no means exhaustive—only illustrative."
"There may well be a Democratic member of Congress near you not included here who serves corporate interests more than majority interests, or has simply grown tired or complacent in the never-ending struggles for social, racial, and economic justice as well as environmental sanity and peace," the report notes. "Perhaps you live in a district where voters are ready to be inspired by a progressive primary candidate because the Democrat in Congress is not up to the job."
‘A true public health emergency’: 70+ medical groups sound alarm on climate crisis
Groups lay out action agenda to advance climate solutions and strengthen resiliency
Scores of medical groups on Monday called the climate crisis "a health emergency" and laid out what they framed as a blueprint for the public and private sector to take swift action.
The agenda is signed by over 70 groups, including the American Medical Association, American Heart Association, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the National Association of Social Workers.
Citing CIA’s dark history, librarians protest agency’s recruiting at their conference
"Everything they stand for is a violation of the values of librarianship, so we protested."
A group of librarians demanded the American Library Association abide by its values on Friday as they staged a protest of the CIA's presence and recruitment at the professional organization's annual conference.