Bill Weld and Joe Walsh were in agreement on Tuesday: both believe it's time for President Trump to be impeached.
Weld, a former governor of Massachusetts, and Walsh, a former congressman from Illinois, are Republicans vying for the 2020 GOP presidential nomination. "The Ukraine caper by the president is some combination of treason, bribery, and other high crimes and misdemeanors," Weld said. "The one thing that's absolutely clear is it is grounds for removal from office." Walsh said he finds Trump "unfit" for office, and he will "deserve to be impeached very soon."
Weld and Walsh were in New York City on Tuesday for the first Republican debate of this election cycle. The event was held not long after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced that an impeachment inquiry is being launched against Trump, following reports that he pressured the Ukrainian president to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden.
The debate wasn't sanctioned by the Republican Party, and Trump chose not to participate, with his campaign's deputy communications director telling Reuters it was "pointless." A third challenger, former South Carolina governor and congressman Mark Sanford, was unable to attend, due to a scheduling conflict. Catherine Garcia
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is lending another high-profile voice to the impeachment chorus.
In a series of tweets on Tuesday, the freshman congressmember officially declared that the House's "oath to uphold the Constitution" and "preserve our institutions" proves that it's time to impeach President Trump. She's not concerned that the GOP-held Senate probably won't follow the Democratic House's lead, seeing as former President Bill Clinton's impeachment also failed in the Senate. Instead, she's simply telling telling the House that "failure to impeach now is neglect of due process."
It is just as politicized a maneuver to not impeach in the face of overwhelming evidence as it is to impeach w/o cause.
Congress swore an oath to uphold the Constitution. That includes impeachment.
This puts Ocasio-Cortez in a camp with several Democrats and one Republican who are officially calling for impeachment proceedings to get started. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has made it clear she's not sold on impeachment yet, despite at least five members of her team reportedly pushing her to support it. House Judiciary Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said last week he wasn't sure if Congress would ever impeach Trump, though he confirmed Sunday that he wasn't ruling the proceedings out and has reportedly tried to talk Pelosi into them. Kathryn Krawczyk