Dem Rep Yarmuth: ‘We Don’t Stand for Impeaching’ Trump, But He ‘Has Committed Impeachable Offenses’


On Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “MTP Daily,” Representative John Yarmuth (D-KY) stated Democrats aren’t running on and shouldn’t run on impeaching President Trump, but the president has committed impeachable offenses and while Democrats don’t have the power or votes for impeachment, “if we take the majority back, that may be a different story.”

Yarmuth said, “We don’t stand for impeaching President Trump. I think there are a lot of us, myself included, who believe that Donald Trump has committed impeachable offenses, but that doesn’t mean that impeachment is a reasonable thing to pursue. Particularly, we’re not in the majority. So, we’re not going to get it passed in the House. It takes two-thirds in the Senate. We’d never get close to that if we got an impeachment resolution passed. So, it would just be a waste of time. On the other hand, I think it is appropriate for us to keep talking about the fact that this man deserves to be impeached. And he has — in my case, the one thing that stands out for me is when he threatened to revoke TV licenses over questionable — content that was questionable to him. To me, that’s an abuse of power that rises to an impeachable offense, but that doesn’t mean that we’re going to spend any time talking about it.”

Yarmuth added that Democrats don’t have the power or votes to impeach the president, but “if we take the majority back, that may be a different story.”

He further stated he doesn’t think it’s good tactics for the Democrats to run in 2018 on impeaching the president.

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