Representatives Crowly, Cummings, and Schiff seemed hesitant to pursue impeachment during a press conference Wednesday.
Leaders of the Democratic Party in the House of Represatives withheld direct calls for impeachment of President Trump on Wednesday, despite some of their colleagues’ efforts. This impeachment discussion stems from reports that President Donald Trump asked FBI Director James Comey to stop the FBI’s investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
During a press conference to address these reports on Wednesday, a reporter asked Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) if Democratic leadership was ready to call for impeachment proceedings to begin.
“I’m not afraid of the I word — it’s independent, independent commission, independent investigator. That’s what I support,” Crowley jokingly said. “That’s also the general consensus of our Democratic leadership. And members can come to their own conclusions.”
“What I would suggest is that there needs to be a full investigation first. We need to get to the facts and let the facts lead where they may, whatever that end result will be,” he continued. “First, establish the facts.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) said that he agreed with Crowley that Congress first needs to gather all the facts.
“What I’ve said over and over again is I would appreciate it, and I think the FBI and others would appreciate it, if the president would — would let our justice system do what it is constructed to do. Because I think the other things, basically, they do not help,” Cummings continued.
Cummings concluded by stressing the need to verify the authenticity of Comey’s memo and that the fact that Comey kept memos of his meetings with President Trump doesn’t mean Trump did anything illegal.
“The kind of broader question that people have asked about where does this all lead, I think that we ought to keep our focus on finding out the facts in the first instance,” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) added.
Schiff conlcuded, “No one ought to, in my view, rush to embrace, you know, the most extraordinary remedy that involves the removal of the president from office.”
While rank and file Democrats seem ready for impeachment proceedings to begin. It would appear that Democratic leadership isn’t quite ready to call for President Trump’s impeachment.
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