impeachment push
September 23, 2019

A second first-term Democratic representative from Minnesota is now in favor of opening impeachment proceedings against President Trump, prompted by reports that he urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to have his government investigate former Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter.

Rep. Angie Craig joined Rep. Dean Phillips in calling for an impeachment inquiry; both are moderates who represent swing districts. "It is clear that the sitting president of the United States placed his own personal interests above the national security of the United States," Craig said on Monday. "When there is an abuse of power of this magnitude, it is our responsibility to stand up for what is right. This is why I am calling to open impeachment proceedings — immediately, fairly, and impartially."

Earlier in the day, Phillips said if the reports are corroborated, that means Trump was "inviting foreign interference in our democracy ... that is corrupt at best, treasonous at worst, and puts our rule of law at risk," and "we must pursue articles of impeachment and report them to the full House of Representatives for immediate consideration."

Trump has defended the July phone call, saying they did not discuss anything inappropriate, while also accusing Hunter Biden of corrupt business dealings, sans evidence. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has said Democrats need to hold off on launching formal impeachment proceedings, although more than half the caucus now backs opening a House inquiry. On Sunday, she sounded a bit more open to the idea, saying the Ukraine issue could launch a "whole new stage of investigation." Catherine Garcia

April 23, 2019

In the early stages of the primary, most Democratic presidential candidates have avoided discussing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into 2016 Russian election interference and the Trump campaign's conduct surrounding the meddling, instead focusing on policy. But after Attorney General William Barr released the redacted version of Mueller's report last Thursday, it has started come to the forefront, and talks of impeachment have followed.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) on Monday evening became the fourth candidate to officially back Congress beginning impeachment proceedings against President Trump during a CNN town hall at Harvard University.

Harris' announcement follows Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who was the first candidate to do so last Friday. Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and Miramar, Florida, Mayor Wayne Messam (D) also said they believed the Mueller report reveals grounds for impeachment, per The Hill. South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg said that Trump "deserves" impeachment, but the issue should be left to Congress.

Most Democrats in the ever-growing field, including frontrunners like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), have argued that Congress should continue investigating Trump before deciding whether to launch the impeachment process. Tim O'Donnell

April 20, 2019

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Friday called on the House to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Trump. Warren said her reasoning is based on the findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which Attorney General William Barr made available — with redactions — to Congress and the public on Thursday.

In an appearance on CNN's The Rachel Maddow Show on Friday evening, Warren added that "the report is absolutely clear that a foreign government attacked our electoral system to help Donald Trump."

Warren is the first 2020 Democratic presidential candidate to openly call for impeachment, per NBC News. Tim O'Donnell

November 20, 2017

From now until New Year's Eve, for 10 minutes every hour, ads calling for the impeachment of President Trump will greet the masses moving through Times Square in the heart of Manhattan.

The digital billboards are paid for by billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer's political group Need to Impeach. Steyer will spend $20 million on the billboards and television ads, which ask citizens to sign a petition urging elected officials to impeach Trump. "We legitimately feel that this is the huge issue in front of the American people and that no one is standing up for what the overwhelming number of Americans think," Steyer told Bloomberg Politics on Monday.

The billboards went up Monday, and the commercials started airing in October. In the ads, Steyer says Trump is a "clear and present danger" to the United States, helping move the country closer to nuclear war. Catherine Garcia

July 3, 2017

Thousands of people rallied in several cities across the country on Sunday to call on Congress to impeach President Trump. In Los Angeles, several thousand people marched carrying signs saying "Worst President Ever" and "We demand the truth," and chanting, "Down, down, down with Trump — up, up, up with the people." "Every day when I wake up, something is more terrible than it was yesterday," said protester John Meranda, 56, of Long Beach. In many of the cities, the demonstrations were met with counter-protests by Trump supporters. "There's no reason at this point to impeach the president. He's committed no crimes. There's no reason," Jake Lloyd, who backs the president, said in Austin, Texas. "I don't think they understand what impeachment is." Harold Maass

July 31, 2014

In the wake of last night's House vote to sue the president, new data from Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight suggests that Democrats are actually talking about the possibility of impeachment of President Obama more than Republicans. Eleven out of 14 mentions of impeachment on the congressional record this July come from Democratic members of Congress; and the left-leaning MSNBC mentions impeachment five times more often than the more conservative Fox News.

Meanwhile, Democrats have raised more than $2 million via emails talking up the threat of impeachment hearings. The emails — sent in the names of VP Joe Biden, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, and other high-ranking Democrats — frequently imply that impeachment proceedings could begin at any moment, featuring subject lines like "Impeachment (TODAY)."

Silver notes that in 2006, Republicans similarly tried to rally their base against the possibility of impeachment. At that time, Fox mentioned the topic almost twice as often as MSNBC. For more information on the history of calls for Obama's impeachment, check out this timeline, which tracks the topic's development since 2009. Bonnie Kristian

July 27, 2014

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) on Sunday repeatedly declined to give a straight answer on whether he would support impeaching President Obama.

Even in the relatively friendly confines of Fox News Sunday, Scalise deflected three times when asked by host Chris Wallace whether impeachment was on the table. The first two times, Scalise said the White House was pushing the impeachment narrative to boost fundraising and rally its base, though he declined to say whether the GOP would actually pursue impeachment as some of its most conservative members have urged.

When Wallace tried for a third time to elicit a direct answer, Scalise changed the subject once more, responding, "The White House will do anything they can to change the topic away from the president's failed agenda." --Jon Terbush

July 15, 2014

Former Vice President Dick Cheney appeared Tuesday on CNN, where he slammed President Obama and alleged that the president does not even believe in having a strong national security policy for the United States. Cheney does not, however, favor impeaching Obama, as other conservatives like Sarah Palin are now agitating to do:

I'm not prepared at this point to call for the impeachment of the president. I think he is the worst president of my lifetime; I fundamentally disagree with him, and I think he's doing a lot of things wrong.... But I think that gets to be a bit of a distraction — just like the impeachment of Bill Clinton did. Everybody could get geared up to have a big fight over it, but it wasn't going anyplace. [Cheney via CNN]

The discussion about impeachment begins at just after the 3:50 mark in the video below. --Eric Kleefeld

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