‘Mueller served up the evidence on a silver platter to Congress…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., took to the Senate floor on Tuesday and called for President Donald Trump’s impeachment.
Warren said she did so to motivate her Democratic colleagues and get back at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for what Trump’s partisan opponents claim was a premature conclusion to the Mueller Report.
“I felt a responsibility to go to the floor to say: ‘Case not closed, buddy,’” Warren told Politico, referring to McConnell’s declaration that the Russia investigation was over.
Warren has been the most vocal presidential candidate in favor of impeachment, and it’s helped her rise in the polls as she rallied party activists itching to take on Trump.
“Mueller served up the evidence on a silver platter to Congress,” she claimed in her floor speech. “Congress is now the only body that can act to prevent a president from obstructing justice and walking away with no penalty imposed.”
But most Democrats are still reluctant to join her.
Democratic leadership in Congress has opposed impeachment efforts, arguing that it would be too divisive and that the Republican-controlled Senate would never go along with it.
Rather than face the potential voter backlash and acquiesce to President Donald Trump’s “goading,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has encouraged Democrats to protract their current investigations and target an electoral defeat.
“Impeachment should be left on the table,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, who also is also running for president, “but I do believe what Speaker Pelosi is doing is smart.”
Gillibrand said the American people rely more on “facts and details” than political posturing.
Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., took to the Senate floor right after Warren’s speech and said that although Warren has “distinguished herself” in the Democratic Party, he’s “not with her” on impeachment.
But Warren said Democrats should stop dragging their feet.
“I just don’t get it,” she said. “I have tried to let the House make its own determination and I’ve made clear how I see this.”
She said members of Congress should go on the record whether they support or oppose the impeachment effort, even if it ultimately fails.
“Every single person in the House and the Senate should take a vote on whether what Donald Trump did to obstruct justice was an impeachable offense,” she said. “And then they ought to have to live with that vote for the rest of their lives.”
Although many believe her grandstanding is aimed at raising small-dollar donations, Warren—one of the only candidates to have disavowed funding from big-money donors and interest groups—claimed her impeachment crusade isn’t a campaign strategy.
“I had never intended this to be any part of my presidential campaign,” she said. “I’m running on how to make this government work.”