Massachusetts Congress Members Divided Over Impeachment
Washington, DC– In the wake of Robert Mueller's surprise press conference, Massachusetts representatives are seemingly divided over whether or not to push for the impeachment of Donald J. Trump.
First, a quick recap. On Wednesday morning, Mueller held a press conference to basically say nothing new, and promised he'd never say anything in the public sphere after this point. What the media has most focused on was his reiteration that "if we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so."
That quote was in the original report, but the fact that he highlighted it specifically here again, and for some reason hearing it out loud, has served as the catalyst for some very prominent Democrats to push for impeachment proceedings.
U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley has again called for impeachment proceedings in the wake of this press conference, but others have been more cautious. U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch said, “If we proceed to impeachment right now, with the evidence we have, we will lose in the Senate, which would inadvertently help the president’s re-election efforts.”
Whether or not Trump ought to be impeached isn't at the forefront of Lynch's mind here. He argues that the most important thing is that the Democrats retake the White House in 202o, and with the current evidence being not enough to be confident that impeachment would be successful, opening proceedings might just help the President get re-elected.
For others, impeachment remains a real option, but they aren't ready to demand it outright. U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III said Wednesday that “impeachment proceedings will remain an option for Congress as relevant committees investigate the president’s potential obstruction of justice, abuse of power and financial conflicts of interest.”
Of particular note was presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who tweeted: “Mueller’s statement makes clear what those who have read his report know: It is an impeachment referral, and it’s up to Congress to act. They should.”
All of these calls may be in vain, though, with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi firmly attached to her position that impeachment is not the way forward. She has been fairly steadfast in this opinion, and time will tell if Mueller's press conference and subsequent pressure from her democratic colleagues will change her mind.