US lawmaker says Trump isn’t ‘leaving us any choice’ on impeachment
US Representative Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) has said that an increasing number of his lawmakers believe President Donald Trump gives them “no choice” except his impeachment.
“The number of members that are coming to the conclusion that the president is essentially leaving us no choice but to exercise our responsibility under the Constitution — that number’s growing and it’s because the president is taking us there,” Kildee told CNN in an interview run by the Hill on Tuesday.
“I do not see another path unless somehow something changes rather dramatically” in the Trump administration, Kildee reiterated, adding, “I put that fully at the doorstep of the president.”
“Unless the president significantly changes course, becomes more transparent … and allows us to provide just the bare essential oversight … I don’t think he’s leaving us any choice” but to pursue impeachment proceedings, he said.
In recent days, Democrats have ramped up their calls for impeachment after special counsel Robert Mueller gave his first public press conference on his investigation’s findings.
Mueller’s report, released last month, found insufficient evidence to charge Trump with conspiring with the Russians. However, it “didn’t exonerate” Trump from the charges.
In the wake of his report, top Democrats called for launching impeachment proceedings.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) who is concerned that Democrats need to wait because they have not yet gained enough public support to beat Trump, favors a go-slow course of action for the impeachment.
The party leadership believes that Democrats should be patient while courts continue to investigate Trump’s activities, cautioning that any impeachment attempt would die in the Senate which is controlled by Republicans.