As the White House’s explanation for firing FBI Director James Comey continues to create turmoil — while raising questions as to whether it had anything to do with the bureau’s investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election — a growing number of Democrats are suggesting Donald Trump could be impeached.
Rep. Maxine Waters
Waters has called for Trump’s impeachment loudly and repeatedly since he took office, saying she will “fight every day until he is impeached” and even starting “Impeach 45” chants.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal
After Trump fired the FBI director, Blumenthal told Anderson Cooper “it may well produce another United States vs. Nixon on a subpoena that went to United States Supreme Court.”
“It may well produce impeachment proceedings, although we’re very far from that possibility.”
Sen. Blumenthal: Comey firing “may well produce impeachment proceedings” https://t.co/YZ32bCBsdM https://t.co/XctE9myqOY
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) May 11, 2017
Rep. Al Green
“This doesn’t look right given that we know now that the FBI is currently looking into this Russia association with the President and some of his associates,” Green said during an interview with a local news station.
“It just doesn’t look right for this to happen essentially about what happened with [Sally] Yates testifying. It just doesn’t look right, it doesn’t smell right. This is something that we have to get to bottom of and it’s starting to become something akin to an impeachable offense.”
Rep. Mark Pocan
“We should maybe have an impeachment clock,” the Wisconsin congressman said this week. “And if we did, I think yesterday moved us about an hour closer to having that need.”
Rep. Jared Huffman
Huffman tweeted: “Impeachment will happen if handful of Republicans in Congress join Dems to put country above party. Or in 2019 after Dems win the House.”
Impeachment will happen if handful of Republicans in Congress join Dems to put country above party. Or in 2019 after Dems win the House. https://t.co/g9U67QY2gg
— Rep. Jared Huffman (@JaredHuffman) May 12, 2017
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
Gabbard has echoed impeachment claims for weeks now, and has said she is doing her homework on it.
“On issue of impeachment, I am doing my homework,” Gabbard said in April. “I am studying more about the impeachment process. I will just say I understand the calls for impeachment, but what I am being cautious about and what I give you food for thought about is that if President Trump is impeached, the problems don’t go away, because then you have a Vice President Pence who becomes President Pence.”
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries
“Evidence of Trump’s effort to obstruct justice continues to emerge. Lock HIM up?” Jeffries wrote on Twitter with a link to a New York Times report that claims Trump asked Comey to pledge his loyalty to him.
Evidence of Trump’s effort to obstruct justice continues to emerge. Lock HIM up? https://t.co/YwsHaNzKlW
— Hakeem Jeffries (@RepJeffries) May 12, 2017