With the hard left, progressive faction of the Democratic Party pushing the House to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump after the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris has shown her eagerness to run with the pack — an important trait among the crowd with no tolerance for dissenting opinion.
After telling reporters on Saturday she wanted to wait and see the evidence, Harris announced Monday night during a CNN town hall that Congress “should take steps toward impeachment.”
What changed in two days?
More and more progressives are calling for impeachment, a groundswell among the radical element of the party, as represented by Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes, D-N.Y., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.
Harris was asked by a liberal college student, who always find the microphone at CNN town halls when it comes time to ask questions, if Congress should “reconsider their position” on impeachment.
After joking that it “depends on who you’re talking to, and what their position is,” the California Democrat said that the Mueller report includes “a lot of good evidence that points to obstruction.”
“I believe that we need to get rid of this president,” Harris told the room. “That’s why I’m running to become president of the United States — that is part of the premise, obviously, of my point.”
“But I think we have very good reason to believe that there is an investigation that has been conducted which has produced evidence that tells us that this President and his administration engaged in obstruction of justice,” she continued. “I believe Congress should take the steps towards impeachment.”
“But I want to say this, because it doesn’t end there,” Harris noted. “I’m also a realist… and when I look at what has been happening over the two years and some months that I have been in the U.S. Senate, I have also witnessed folks in the U.S. Congress, and in particular in the GOP, who have been presented with many reasons to push back against this president and they have not.”
The senator explained that impeachment involves both the House and the Senate, which is controlled by the GOP.
“Republicans hold the majority,” she said. “I have not seen any evidence to suggest that they will weigh on the facts instead of on partisan adherence to being protective of this president.”
The irony of Harris citing “partisan adherence” being off the charts, given their push to impeach Trump is solely a partisan endeavor.
“So we have to be realistic about what may be the end results, but that doesn’t mean the process should not take hold,” she concluded.
Going way, way back, all the way to Saturday, Harris had a different take on the issue of impeachment when speaking with reporters in Orangeburg, S.C.
“I believe that there is room for that conversation,” she said. “But right now what I want is, I want Mueller to come before Congress to testify. I want to be able to see the full, unredacted report, and, specifically, also the underlying evidence.”
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