Dems Propose Censuring Trump as Division over Impeachment Grows

‘It’s a permanent mark on the president’s record…’

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(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) As House Democrats begin to realize that impeachment is a dead end, they’re considering a move to censure President Donald Trump.

Democrats have accused the president of criminal wrongdoing following special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, despite the lack of evidence to support such a claim.

Several leftists have insisted on beginning impeachment proceedings to remove Trump from office, but there’s little support for it among Democratic leadership.

Instead, Democrats are considering a censure resolution, which is essentially a public reprimand. It wouldn’t remove Trump from office, but it would send a clear message to Democratic voters ahead of 2020 that they are serious about checking Trump and the GOP.

Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., said an immediate censure of Trump would warn future presidents against acting unilaterally. And unlike impeachment, a censure resolution doesn’t require Senate approval and could pass without a single Republican vote in the House.

“The advantage of that is it can be done with the House,” Khanna said, according to The Hill.

“We can hold the president accountable and say that his actions are unethical, and he’s engaged in blatant misconduct and that there can be some accountability for future presidents,” she said. “It’s a permanent mark on the president’s record.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who publicly has opposed the impeachment efforts of those in her party, hasn’t condoned the censure, but said she isn’t ruling it out.

“Where they will lead us, we shall see,” Pelosi said of the House’s several investigations into the Trump administration. “Nothing is off the table.”

Khanna said that a censure resolution won’t appease Democrats eager to see Trump gone, but it will show voters that they’re serious about doing something.

“It doesn’t preclude anything. It just gets something done,” he said. “What’s the teeth to an impeachment where the Senate acquits? I mean, there’s no teeth to that either, other than showing that you object to the president’s behavior. [Censure] is a cleaner way of doing that.”