President Donald Trump attacked a Texas representative Tuesday, saying Democrat impeachment threats against him are a sign of grasping at straws to his presidency.
During a segment on NBC, Rep. Al Green from Houston said, “I’m concerned if we don’t impeach this president, he will get reelected.”
Trump used this as a rallying cry to his base with a tweet. He said, “He wants to impeach because they can’t win. Sad,” the president said in a late Tuesday tweet.
Democrats keep mounting potential challengers to Trump for the 2020 election—21 major candidates to this point—all while maintaining pressure on the Mueller report and demanding ex-White House counsel Don McGahn to testify before House committees.
Green is just one among many Democrats who have called for impeaching the president. Among the masses are several 2020 presidential hopefuls.
Freshman representative Rashida Tlaib from Minnesota, who is not a presidential candidate, became notably famous for her “Impeach the motherf—er’ rant at her swearing-in party.
“We all swore to protect our nation, and that begins with making sure that no one, including the President of the United States, is acting above the law,” Tlaib wrote in March. “I urge your support in recommending that the House Committee on Judiciary begin hearings, take depositions, and issue subpoenas to answer this question that is fundamental to the rule of law and the preservation of our democracy.”
Tlaib hasn’t always been about hearings and subpoenas. In January, shortly after getting sworn into Congress, she led an ‘Impeach the motherf—er’ chant at her post-induction party.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren became one of the first 2020 Democratic presidential candidates to call for impeachment when she said Trump’s alleged obstruction was an abuse of power.
“To ignore a President’s repeated efforts to obstruct an investigation into his own disloyal behavior would inflict great and lasting damage on this country,” she tweeted, “and it would suggest that both the current and future Presidents would be free to abuse their power in similar ways.”
House Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democrat, said the Mueller report left House Democrats a “road map” to impeach the president.
“The Mueller document has now left us with a road map to go forward,” Cummings said. “I think he basically said to us as a Congress, it’s up to you to take this further with regards to obstruction and other matters that might come up. If we do nothing here, what is going to happen is that the president is going to be emboldened. He’s going to be emboldened because he’s said, ‘Well, I got away with that.’”
Somehow, Cummings said the document didn’t necessarily guarantee a win for Democrats.
“Even if we did not win, possibly, if there were not impeachment, I think history would smile upon us for standing up for the Constitution,” Cummings said.
Now Cummings is going after the Treasury Department if they block his committee from obtaining documents, threatening to prevent them from getting their salaries.
“Please be advised that any official at the Department who ‘prohibits or prevents’ or ‘attempts or threatens to prohibit or prevent” any officer or employee of the Federal Government from speaking with the Committee could have his or her salary withheld pursuant to section 713 of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act,” Cummings wrote.
The growing tree of Democratic presidential candidates in 2020 has called for impeachment of Trump, but the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has warned her party to not act so hastily.
Then there are candidates like Texan Beto O’Rourke who continue to push a leftist agenda.
“We’re finally learning the truth about this president,” O’Rourke said. “And yes, there has to be consequences. Yes, there has to be accountability. Yes, I think there’s enough evidence now for the House of Representatives to move forward with impeachment.”
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