Nov 3, 2019

House Democrat says Trump's abuses make Watergate look like "child's play"

Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, argued against the idea that impeaching President Trump without a conviction in the Senate will have "no effect," telling Fox News' Chris Wallace on Sunday that Trump's abuses of power involving Ukraine are so extreme that they "require a response."

"Chris, we're where looking at abuse of power and a level of corruption here that makes the Nixon impeachment look like child's play. Remember, Nixon wasn't the guy who actually broke into the Democratic National Committee headquarters, he just knew about it. Nobody died in Ukraine because Nixon held up aid to a very vulnerable nation. Nixon didn't fire any ambassadors because Giuliani didn't like that ambassador. ... These are abuses of power, by any stretch of the imagination, that require a response."

Why it matters: Before launching a formal impeachment inquiry last month, Speaker Nancy Pelosi had long argued that impeachment would have to be a bipartisan exercise with overwhelming public support in order to move forward. While most polling shows that about 50% Americans now favor impeaching Trump, not a single Republican voted for last week's resolution formalizing impeachment procedures.

Go deeper: Trump impeachment starts more partisan than Bill Clinton's

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Impeachment during a not normal presidency

Pics from the Clinton (upper left) and Nixon impeachments

This is a not normal presidency, so expect a not normal impeachment process when the House impeachment public hearings kick off tomorrow.

The big picture: "There are consistencies in the process — televised hearings, partisan rancor and memorable speeches — but each impeachment process also stands alone," the AP reports in a useful "then and now" preview.

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Pelosi: Responding to what Republicans say on impeachment is a "waste of time"

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on CBS News' "Face the Nation" on Sunday that it is a "waste of time" to discuss what Republicans say about impeachment because "they are in denial about what has happened in the country."

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Top House Democrat: "Political considerations" won't guide Trump impeachment

Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

In an interview with Mike Allen for "Axios on HBO," Democratic Caucus Chair Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) said no House Democrats have told him that they will make impeachment decisions "based on political considerations."

The big picture: President Trump and his allies have argued that impeachment is a political ploy by Democrats to win back the office in 2020. Democrats have pushed back, arguing the impeachment inquiry against the president is a matter of accountability.

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