On Friday night, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell laid out the case for the need to impeach President Donald Trump.
O’Donnell started off by noting that the only thing protecting Trump from prosecution as president is a memo and a “tradition” saying that the sitting president should not be indicted and there is “nothing in the Constitution” protecting POTUS.
He added that the “only conceivable reason” Trump has not been indicted as a co-conspirator is the fact he actually won the election and is now the president of the United States.
He then drove home his point by saying the only thing — in his opinion — now saving Trump from indictment is his position and if he were citizen Trump he would be in legal jeopardy just like Cohen.
“If Donald Trump lost the election and federal prosecutors were pursuing this same case, he would be pursuing exactly the same consequences as Michael Cohen,” O’ Donnell said. “He would be charged with exactly the same two campaign finance violation crimes for arranging secret payments to two women during the campaign to buy their silence about their sexual affairs with Donald Trump.”
O’Donnell then asked if Trump would go against the trend of history and avoid impeachment.
“Congress moved to impeach Richard Nixon when the special prosecutor described his crimes. The House of Representatives moved to impeach, and did in fact impeach, Bill Clinton when the special prosecutors showed that he committed perjury in that civil case involving Paula Jones,” O’Donnell continued on.
Then he said this, insisting Congress must act: “And so if history means anything in the Trump era, if precedent means anything in the Trump era, Donald Trump will be — must be — impeached because of the crimes prosecutors say he committed in the Michael Cohen case.”
Watch above, via MSNBC
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