Home Rules Committee Chairman James McGovern, D-Mass., stated during Tuesday’s hearing that the impeachment procedure is planned to stop a “criminal offense in progress” and avoid President Trump from “rigging” the 2020 election.
McGovern stopped briefly the procedures as committee member Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Ga., finished discussing prospective “consequences” that the Democrats’ sped up impeachment procedure will have on the Constitution and future administrations.
” We keep hearing about the ‘clock-and-calendar’,” McGovern said. “I would remind everyone that we are here since of abuse and obstruction– the president’s abuse of power and blockage of Congress.”
” My buddies [Republicans] characterize this as attempting to overturn the last election,” the Massachusetts lawmaker continued. “I take a look at this as a criminal activity in progress.”
McGovern claimed Trump’s activity surrounding Ukraine is unprecedented in American history and prompted the panel to understand impeachment proponents are attempting to avoid the president from rigging the next election.
” I have actually never ever seen or seen a moment like this,” he stated, claiming Trump invited foreign disturbance in the 2016 presidential election and is trying to do so once again.
McGovern then accepted fellow Democratic Rep. Norma Torres of California, who continued to slam Trump’s actions.
Torres stated Trump’s widely-circulated remark throughout the 2016 project rally that ” I might stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot someone and I would not lose voters” is an insight into how the president thinks and claimed people who turn “a blind eye” to such behavior are enabling him.
” President Trump famously said he could shoot somebody dead in the middle of Fifth Opportunity in New York City and he would get away with it– what frame of mind do you have to remain in to say that out loud on nationwide TV and to think that?” asked Torres, who added that went to Trump’s inauguration in 2017, “in good faith,” in support of the tranquil transfer of power, guideline of law, and “2nd chances.” However, reports that Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine soured her on the president further.
” I, like all of you here, did not come to Congress to impeach a president,” she remarked.