Jason Crow Helps Tip Balance On Impeachment

Rep. Jason Crow (D-Aurora).

As the Aurora Sentinel’s Kara Mason reported yesterday, freshman Democratic Rep. Jason Crow has joined Reps. Diana DeGette and Joe Neguse in calling for impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump to commence in the U.S. House–a belated conversion that appears to be part of a surge of support among House Democrats to go there:

Citing the investigation from former special counsel Robert Mueller, Aurora Congressman Jason Crow said Tuesday that Congress should now look into impeaching President Donald Trump.

“Trump and his administration have engaged in repeated abuses of power and disregarded our institutions, while flaunting Congress and the judiciary,” Crow said in an op-ed published first to Medium on Tuesday. “To this day the President prevents key witnesses from testifying before Congress, wrongly asserts executive privilege to dodge subpoenas, and attempts to skirt court rulings. If Congress doesn’t stand up to these abuses, then our system of checks and balances will have failed. It’s clear that we must respond with the full weight of Congress.”

…Crow, who has said he’s made a point to work with Republicans in Congress, joins a growing number of Democrats leaning toward beginning impeachment proceedings. Nearly half of the 235 House Democrats have endorsed impeachment proceedings, and a dozen Democratic senators have done so.

Politico is reporting today that with Rep. Crow and several other Democrats coming on board this week, a majority of House Democrats are now ready to begin impeachment hearings:

The number of House Democrats who support impeachment proceedings passed the halfway mark — 118 out of 235 voting members now support the effort — on Thursday when Rep. Ted Deutch of Florida announced his support. Deutch was also the 23rd Democratic lawmaker to support impeachment proceedings in the days after former special counsel Robert Mueller testified to Congress, affirming publicly his damning evidence suggesting Trump attempted to obstruct justice…

Perhaps more significant than the number of Democrats backing an inquiry are the identities of the members themselves. The latest additions include Reps. Mike Levin of California, Jennifer Wexton of Virginia and Jason Crow of Colorado, three freshmen who flipped Republican-held districts in November. Rep. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts, a member of Pelosi’s leadership team, added her name to the list on Friday.

The biggest roadblock up until now in commencing impeachment hearings in the House has been the view of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that even though Trump is committing impeachable offenses “every day,” without a realistic shot at not just impeaching Trump in the House but convicting him in a trial in the Republican-controlled Senate the effort would be a net political liability for Democrats in the 2020 elections. That position could be in the process of giving way to the alternative view that the House doing its constitutional duty and, if the facts warrant, delivering a case for impeachment into Mitch McConnell’s lap is the better course both morally and politically.

What say you, readers? Has the time come to impeach Donald Trump, or is letting the voters decide Trump’s fate next November the better choice? A poll follows.

Should the U.S. House begin impeachment hearings against Donald Trump?

14 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. bullshit! says:

    It's time to go. Make Moscow Mitch kill it. We've got to take a stand.

  2. MADCO says:

    If impeachment begins, 
    Trump will be acquitted in Senate: See? It was all stupid waste of hoax time. No conviction = complete exoneration

    No impeachment: 
    TrumP : see? no impeachment because it's all stupid, waste of hoax time

    flip a coin, or make sure Moscow Mitch loses the senate.

  3. Nasty Woman says:

    It was time to present the articles of impeachment a year ago. 

    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

      Actually, no. Pelosi is pursing the right course. Let Trump die the death of a thousand stings. If he won't cooperate with the House oversight investigations, then take him to court.

      Why give him the benefit of impeachment proceedings since those will serve only to help his re-election? This isn't the time to go all-out McGovern.

      • MichaelBowman says:

        Agreed, C.H.B.  I trust Nancy's instincts on this one. We're getting near 50% of the House Dems calling for the Inquiry to open (which has for all practical purposes already happened). 

        Speaking of Nancy, this should warm even the coldest, darkest recesses of Pfruit's heart: 

  4. Powerful Pear says:

    Of course Jason Crow supports impeachment. Never mind he said in the campaign he was against impeachment. Typical Democrat tactic, appear reasoned and intelectual in the campaign then go full KOOK mode after election. No surprise here, totally predictable.

    • mamajama55 says:

      You think that the President should be above the law?

      You know that if Obama ( or Hillary or any Democrat) had done 1/10 of the self-dealing, favors to foreign dictators, lies, and obstruction of justice that Trump has, y’all would have had him impeached a year ago.

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      Of course you’re still stinging that he’s the guy who walloped the entrenched incumbent who, after taking everything from you including your lunch money, left you a laughingstock at your own party’s assembly, huh? . . .

      . . , Sore loser, whiny-ass Republican, totally predictable.

    • MichaelBowman says:

      Poor, poor Pfruit.  CD-6 is just screaming for you to run against Jason and bring morality and truth back to the district.  I'll bet you fell for Twitler's lines about eliminating the debt?  Bringing jobs back to the Midwestern rust belt?  Better health care with lower costs?  A beautiful wall built by Mexico? Trade deals that would make us all rich?  

      The KOOK isn't hard to spot.  

       

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