John Yarmuth: Trump Has ‘Committed Impeachable Offenses’

This Wednesday, Democratic Representative John Yarmuth said that President Donald Trump has “committed impeachable offenses” but it would be, as he says, a “waste of time” to attempt to impeach Trump in a Congress that is controlled by the Republicans.

“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,” Yarmuth said during the MSNBC show “MTP Daily.”

“We’re not in the majority so we are not going to get passed in the House. It takes two-thirds in the Senate. We’d never get close if we got an impeachment resolution passed. So it would just be a waste of time. It’s appropriate to talk about the fact that this man deserves to be impeached,” he continued.

One of the examples he gave while introducing articles of impeachment in the House was the president’s threat “to revoke TV licenses over content that was questionable to him,” The Hill reported.

“To me, that’s an abuse of power that rises to an impeachable offense, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to spend any time talking about it,” he said.

Yet, Yarmuth agrees with the Democratic leadership that instead of trying to impeach Trump before the 2018 midterms they should focus on principal issues like expanding the voting rights, improving the infrastructure and restructuring the student debt.

“I think most of our leadership, at least on the House side, has said we don’t want to rile up the Republican vote. Right now we have a huge energy advantage and our voters are telling us every day, our base is saying, go after him. Impeach him. Please do. But that’s not going to help us win back control of the House,” he told the host.

“I agree with leadership, we shouldn’t be running on it. We should be running on how we can make American lives better for the people,” Yarmuth concluded.

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