A lot has changed since the beginning of May.
Murmurs of proceeding with impeachment for President Donald Trump was only supported by some of the most progressive Democrats in the country, including just one Pennsylvania Democrat: Rep. Dwight Evans (D-Philadelphia).
Evans’ support for impeachment, which he has vouched for since 2017, doesn’t seem so out of the mainstream in Pennsylvania now as three more Congressional Democrats in the Philadelphia area have jumped on board in these calls.
Reps. Madeleine Dean (D-Montgomery) and Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Delaware), both members of the House Judiciary Committee, joined the calls for impeachment proceedings a couple of weeks ago. Earlier this month, Scanlon, a vice chairwoman of the House Judiciary Committee, even led a public reading of the Mueller report which lasted almost 12 hours.
Yesterday, Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Philadelphia) took to Twitter after Special Counsel Robert Mueller made a public statement on his report, expressing his thought that it was time to move on with impeachment hearings.
Agreed. It’s clear now that Congress must hold hearings on the findings of the Special Counsel, including the witnesses who gave testimony to investigators. It’s time to officially start Impeachment Hearings. https://t.co/uLCo0l5Snu
— US Rep Brendan Boyle (@RepBrendanBoyle) May 29, 2019
In addition to leading the public reading of the lengthy Mueller report, Scanlon has become one of the prominent Democrats leading the charge. She made an appearance on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show last night reinforcing her position hours after Mueller’s public address.
What Special Counsel Mueller said today was no surprise to anyone who has read the #MuellerReport.
TY @maddow for having me on to continue this important discussion. pic.twitter.com/0iubgZwWDy
— Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (@RepMGS) May 30, 2019
Dean addressed the calls at a town hall meeting last night in her district calling Trump the “most indecent president of our lifetime” according to the Pennsylvania Capital-Star.
The five remaining Democrats in Pennsylvania’s Congressional Delegation, Reps. Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna), Mike Doyle (D-Allegheny), Chrissy Houlahan (D-Chester), Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny), and Susan Wild (D-Lehigh) have issued statements in the past month not going as far to endorse moving forward with impeachment.
A majority of Pennsylvania Republicans, excluding Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks), have been steadfast in their support for Trump amid the growing dialogue for impeachment from the opposing party.
Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-Lancaster) singled out fellow GOP Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) in a town hall for his support for impeachment hearings saying his colleague must have been “turned upside down and dropped (him) on his head” saying it made no sense to call for impeachment, according to the York Dispatch.
According to a Morning Call article on May 1, all Republicans in PA’s Congressional delegation, except Fitzpatrick, plainly said no or didn’t answer the question on whether they’d support impeachment proceedings. Fitzpatrick’s statement at the beginning of the month described the notion of proceeding with impeachment as “premature”.
If only he’d do something impeachable
THEN we’d we’d have him!
If you want someone to impeach try Bob Barr.He is not doing his job working for us. He is Trumps lawyer.
You mean Bill Barr. Bob was a Republican Congressman from Georgia, who pushed for Bill Clinton’s impeachment.
No you mean Barr Room. Barr Room is a cousin of Bob Barr and Bill Barr. Many get that confused.
If Hillary had been elected and done 1 tenth of what Trump has done, the Republicans would have impeached her immediately. Trump is right about 1 thing, voters like a strong leader. Time for the Democrats to show their backbone
Yes, but Hillary actually did something impeachable by paying for a fraudulent dossier that was sourced by a foreign asset with imput from Russian “sources.” Now, THAT is collusion!
And her destruction of 30,000 emails is genuine obstruction…
1) The dossier has not been shown to be “fraudulent”. It contained RAW intelligence information, which indicated both possible and actual illicit interactions. More than the “probable cause” standard to get a warrant/wiretap. It certainly more than enough that ignoring it would be national security negligence.
2) The deleted emails contained PERSONAL information, which had information that could be used for identity theft against her, as well as frank/private/embarrassing/candid discussions of what she thought of various political leaders at home and abroad. They may have also contained personal/private medical information about herself or others.
All her emails were vetted by a professional legal team to separate personal from work matters, and the work ones turned over. The personal emails likely contained information that would be politically damaging if released (I doubt she was sexting with Bill, but she could have been discussing marital issues/problems with her daughter or friends, or even nasty exchanges with Bill.)
3) Hillary wasn’t in the Trump tower meeting
4) Hillary’s campaign manager didn’t GIVE the Russian internal polling data (which has exactly one use: analysis for targeting/messaging to help Trump)