“We have a president who thinks he is above the law. The House should immediately begin impeachment inquiries,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders
After President Donald Trump openly stated he would accept dirt on his 2020 opponents from a foreign power and not necessarily alert law enforcement, members of Congress and contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination said Trump’s remarks provide yet another reason for the House to immediately launch impeachment proceedings.
“The Mueller report made it clear: A foreign government attacked our 2016 elections to support Trump, Trump welcomed that help, and Trump obstructed the investigation,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a 2020 White House hopeful, tweeted late Wednesday. “Now, he said he’d do it all over again. It’s time to impeach Donald Trump.”
“The Mueller report made it clear: A foreign government attacked our 2016 elections to support Trump, Trump welcomed that help, and Trump obstructed the investigation. Now, he said he’d do it all over again. It’s time to impeach Donald Trump.”
—Sen. Elizabeth Warren
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) echoed his 2020 rival, saying Trump’s comments—which came during an ABC Newsinterview that aired Wednesday—demonstrated once more that “[w]e have a president who thinks he is above the law.”
“The House should immediately begin impeachment inquiries,” Sanders tweeted.
Democratic presidential candidates Beto O’Rourke and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) also called forimpeachment hearings in response to Trump’s remarks.
The renewed calls for impeachment proceedings against the president came after Trump told ABC‘s George Stephanopoulos that he would accept damaging information on his 2020 opponents from a foreign power.
“I think I’d take it,” Trump said.
“I’ll tell you what, I’ve seen a lot of things over my life. I don’t think in my whole life I’ve ever called the FBI,” the president added, expressing disagreement with FBI director Christopher Wray’s insistence that the agency would want to know about attempted election interference by a foreign power.
“You don’t call the FBI,” Trump said. “Give me a break—life doesn’t work that way.”
EXCLUSIVE: Pres. Trump tells @GStephanopoulos he wouldn’t necessarily alert the FBI if approached by foreign figures with information on his 2020 opponent: “It’s not an interference. They have information. I think I’d take it.” https://t.co/yWRxMOaFqW pic.twitter.com/qwLw53s5yc
— ABC News (@ABC) June 12, 2019
In response to the president’s comments, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) tweeted, “FBI Director Chris Wray is right and you are wrong.”
“Not only does life work that way, the law works that way,” said Lieu. “Under the Federal Election Campaign Act, it’s illegal to knowingly accept anything of material value from a foreign power.”
Hey @realDonaldTrump: The FBI Director Chris Wray is right and you are wrong. Not only does life work that way, the law works that way. Under the Federal Election Campaign Act, it’s ILLEGAL to knowingly accept anything of material value from a foreign power. https://t.co/UJ5p835xWS
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) June 12, 2019
Trump’s comments, according to commentators and numerous members of Congress, added to the seemingly ever-growing list of reasons to begin impeachment proceedings and will likely increase pressure on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who has refused to back impeachment hearings despite growing pressure from inside her caucus and the grassroots.
According to an Axios tally, 59 House Democrats and one Republican—Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.)—support launching impeachment proceedings against Trump.
“Trump just blew way past ‘no collusion,’ he’s broadcasting his willingness to receive help from a hostile foreign power in 2020,” Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) tweeted Wednesday. “He’s glad his son didn’t call the FBI about Russian help and says he wouldn’t call them in 2020. Yes we absolutely need an impeachment inquiry.”
‘Scared of what will happen if he lets people vote’: Rights groups know why Trump panicked by mail-in ballots
President Donald Trump on Tuesday alarmed pro-democracy advocates once again by elevating his attacks on voting rights by falsely claiming that mail-in ballots are inherently "rigged" and suggested the results of the November general election would be illegitimate if a vote-by-mail system is used.
The president—who has long railed against supposed "voter fraud" despite multiple studies showing cases of fraudulent voting are "vanishingly rare" and nowhere near common enough to swing election results—took aim in his tweets at California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who issued an executive order earlier this month to send mail-in ballots to every registered voter in the state for the November election.
Julian Castro pinpoints moment Ted Cruz became a laughingstock and everyone began to hate him
In an interview with Rick Wilson and Molly Jong-Fast for The Daily Beast's "The New Abnormal" podcast, former San Antonio mayor and Democratic 2020 presidential contender Julian Castro was asked why it is that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is loathed in his home state after once being considered a rising star in conservative circles.
After stating that Republicans in Texas are on the ropes with the voters after three years of Donald Trump, Jong-Fast pressed the Democrat about what she described as the across-the-board hatred for the GOP lawmaker.
As podcast host Wilson stated, "Everyone on Earth hates Ted Cruz," co-host Jong-Fast exclaimed, "Why is that?" and Wilson replied "There are a number of things and we probably have to do a show called 'Everyone Hates Ted.'"
Trump is in trouble — and a summer economic ‘rebound’ likely won’t save him: polling experts
A report from Politico caused a stir on Tuesday morning, as it quoted Democratic economists and operatives who were nervous that President Donald Trump could benefit from a rapid economic recovery in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, polling experts Nate Silver and Harry Enten both poured cold water on the notion that a V-shaped recovery would be sufficient enough to lift the president above former Vice President Joe Biden, who has consistently led him in polls throughout the year.