Jerry Nadler Says ‘You Have to Persuade’ Trump Voters Before You Can Impeach Trump


House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) set a pretty high bar by saying that lawmakers must “persuade” Trump voters before Donald Trump can be impeached and removed from office.

On Sunday morning’s edition of This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Nadler struggled to answer a tricky question from host George Stephanopoulos.

During the interview, Stephanopoulos asked Nadler if he believes Trump has obstructed justice.

“Yes, I do,” Nadler said, and rattled off a litany of Trump’s actions.

“It’s very clear,” Nadler said, “1,100 times he referred to the Mueller investigation as a witch hunt, he tried to – he fired – he tried to protect Flynn from being investigated by the FBI. He fired Comey in order to stop the Russian thing, as he told NBC News. He – he’s dangled pardons, he’s threat – he’s intimidated witnesses. In public.”

Stephanopoulos asked the obvious question in response to that list: “But if that’s the case, then is the decision not to pursue impeachment right now simply political? If you believe he obstructed justice?”

“No,” Nadler said we have to–we have to do the investigations and get all this. We do not now have the evidence all sorted out and everything to do–to do an impeachment,” Nadler stammered.

“Before you impeach somebody, you have to persuade the American public that it ought to happen,” he finally said. “You have to persuade enough of the – of the opposition party voters, Trump voters, that you’re not just trying to…”

“That’s a very high bar,” Stephanopoulos understated.

“Yeah, It is a very high bar,” Nadler said. “That you’re not just trying to steal the last election, to reverse the results of the last election. We may or may not get there. But what we have to do is protect the rule of law.”

When reached for comment, the universe said “Good luck with that, unless Mueller finds out that Trump is secretly black.”

Watch the clip above, from ABC News.

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