Ranking Dem on House Judiciary Tells Tapper No Plans for Impeaching Trump: ‘We’re Far From That’
Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) has reportedly pitched himself to his House colleagues as a solid pick to head up potential impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, but he appeared to tone down that message Sunday, saying no plans were in the works.
During a State of the Union interview, Nadler told CNN’s Jake Tapper he was waiting to see the results of Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s report.
“The key word is potential, if it comes up,” he said, referring to a 2017 New York Times article in which he is said to have raised that possibility. “Impeachment is a question that will come down the road maybe, depending on the findings of the Mueller administration and of other investigations. We’re far from that right now.”
Nadler’s remarks are especially significant given that he is expected to lead the Judiciary Committee whose responsibility it would be to oversee impeachment if it occurred.
The congressman told Tapper should that day come, it must be a bipartisan decision.
“If we get to the question of impeachment, then one of the tests should be — and I’ve said this repeatedly — is the evidence so strong of misdeeds so terrible that you really believe at the beginning of the process that by the end of the process, when all this is laid out publicly, a very large fraction of the people who voted for the president will grudgingly acknowledge to themselves and to others that you had to choice but to impeach the president?” he said. “That’s a test because you don’t want the country torn apart in the sense that half the country says for the next 30 years ‘we won the election, you stole it.'”
Nadler said while lawmakers aren’t at the point of impeachment, “you can’t rule that out.”
Watch the clip above via CNN.
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