A prominent Democratic politician who has been outspoken against the actions and policies of the Trump administration is saying that impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump could begin as early as this fall.
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-California), who sits on the House Judiciary Committee, made the comments in response to a question on Major Garrett’s CBS News podcast “The Takeout” this week.
“Would you predict, Congressman Ted Lieu, sometime in the fall an impeachment inquiry will be impaneled?” Garrett asked.
“I don’t think that would be unreasonable,” Lieu responded.
Lieu and Garrett were discussing the testimonies of former special counsel Robert Mueller, who spoke before two separate committees in Congress on Wednesday. Lieu said those hearings revealed offenses carried out by Trump during the course of Mueller’s investigation.
“It’s very clear from these hearings that the president committed felonies,” Lieu said. “What the American people and other members of Congress choose to do with those facts, we’ll see in the upcoming days and weeks.”
Among those felonies, Lieu pointed out, he said it was evident that Trump “committed multiple acts of obstruction of justice.”
"We don't need anything dramatic from Robert Mueller," said Rep. Ted Lieu, a member of the House Judiciary Cmte. who favors impeachment. "We just need him to highlight the main parts of his report because it's such a damning report — and then we win." https://t.co/L1soMjAwjU
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Talks about impeachment against the president have ramped up somewhat over the past few days, given Mueller’s findings. But some Democratic members of the House are worried the opportunity to impeach Trump is slipping away from them, CNN reported. Some have also expressed concerns that Mueller’s testimonies earlier this week didn’t provide the public with any big revelations that could warrant taking action right away.
Others said that Mueller’s testimonies shouldn’t matter in the grand scheme of things.
“We should not be focused on the performance of Mueller in these hearings,” Rep. Harley Rouda (D-California), a supporter of moving forward with impeachment hearings, said. “We should be focused on the facts that were presented. And the facts that were presented are damning.”