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Florida Democrats on Capitol Hill Line Up Behind Impeaching Trump

September 25, 2019 - 9:00am
Kathy Castor, Charlie Crist and Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Kathy Castor, Charlie Crist and Debbie Wasserman Schultz

After reports that President Donald Trump froze more than $390 million in aid to the Ukraine  before urging the leader of that nation to look into allegations of corruption against former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Democrats in the Florida delegation threw their support behind an impeachment inquiry. 

On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., said it was time to open the door to an impeachment inquiry. Castor represents a safe district for Democrats. 

“The House is proceeding in a deliberate manner to gather the evidence of corruption and of obstruction of justice by the president and his associates.  At least six congressional committees are investigating ethical and criminal violations, including review of financial records that were not covered in the Mueller investigation.  The American people deserve to understand the depth and breadth of Trump’s ethical and criminal violations,” Castor said. 

“Withholding foreign aid to Ukraine in an attempt to encourage interference in the next U.S. presidential election is a breach of the public trust,” Castor added. “And blocking a U.S. intelligence complaint labeled ‘urgent concern’, filed with the independent inspector general and flagged to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence is against the law.  Trump has violated his oath of office.  He operates for himself, in his personal interest – and not in the interest of the American people.  The impeachment inquiry should be put on the fast track and all of the facts made plain.  My GOP colleagues are inexplicably silent in the face of the damage to the country emanating out of the White House.”

Castor wasn’t alone as U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., also backed starting the impeachment process. Frankel represents a secure Democrat district. 

“It is obvious that President Trump knows no boundaries when advancing his own personal interests. The latest allegations that the president pressured the president of Ukraine to investigate a political opponent and is blocking a whistleblower’s complaint detailing those actions, if true, represent a clear abuse of power and impeachable offense. The American people deserve the truth. I join all those calling for impeachment proceedings,” Frankel said on Tuesday. 

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., represents a swing district but he also backed impeachment. 

“Reports detailing the whistleblower complaint and the president’s subsequent admission make it clear that the president has endangered America’s national security for his own political gain,” Crist said. “Pressuring a vulnerable, sovereign nation to dig up dirt on a political adversary while dangling congressionally mandated military aid is not only blatantly unethical and unbecoming of the highest office in the land – it is a crime against the Constitution.

“The president is acting like he believes he is above the rule of law. He is not. President Adams called our republic, ‘a government of laws, not of men.’ The People’s House must deliver on that fundamental American value that no one – not even the president – is above the law,” Crist added. “Today, I join the people of Florida’s 13th Congressional District in calling for the House to launch formal impeachment proceedings against President Trump. I do not reach this conclusion lightly. The urgency of accountability is laid bare by the president’s ongoing willingness to abuse the immense power of the Office of the United States President. Someone who believes there is nothing wrong with soliciting foreign interference in American elections – again – can cause unthinkable harm to our national security, our country, and our Constitution during the remaining 15 months of his term in office.

“The American people expect my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and both sides of the Capitol to put partisanship and political expediency aside to do the right thing for the People and for our Constitution. It is time to act,” Crist added. 

Other Democrats in the Florida delegation came out for impeachment on Tuesday afternoon. 

"Seeking campaign help from a foreign government is illegal, unethical, and an un-American abuse of power. Allegations that the president tied Ukrainian aid needed to combat Russian aggression to his demands are outrageous and must be fully investigated,” said U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla. "This is now a disturbing pattern of violations of the president’s oath of office. The president’s admission that he pressured the Ukrainian president to assist his re-election campaign is further evidence of his abuse of power. His efforts to block the whistleblower complaint from coming to Congress is further evidence of his disregard for the rule of law and obstruction that was documented multiple times in the Mueller Report. The president’s refusal to separate his family’s business from the country’s business continues to enrich him and jeopardize our national priorities.

“The Judiciary Committee has been conducting an impeachment inquiry since March. It is time to finish the job. Americans have now seen with their own eyes the depth of this president’s wrongdoing. Sadly, almost every elected Republican has remained silent in the face of the president’s corruption, obstruction, and abuse of power,” Deutch added. “It is time to complete our investigation and draft articles of impeachment.”

“I have watched this president increasingly treat our nation’s laws with impunity, and listened to my constituents’ calls to address his lawless presidency. I have also carefully considered the gravity of an impeachment inquiry,” said U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. “New and mounting evidence indicates that he has obstructed justice, leveraged foreign aid to target political enemies, illegally blocked a whistleblower from Congress, and invited external interference into our elections. Each one, alone, constitutes a grave abuse of power. Together, I fear that our Rule of Law and Constitution will not survive such open hostility from this, or any future president. 

“This president’s reckless and habitual disregard for our laws leaves Congress no choice. Impeachment inquiry hearings must commence immediately. To do otherwise would be a betrayal of our democracy,” she added. 

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., a top ally of Trump on Capitol Hill, pushed back on Tuesday. 

“The Democratic Caucus has formed a circular firing squad where the radical Left is taking incoming from more moderate Democrats who would actually like to see us get to work,” Gaetz insisted. 

“For us to get the full benefit out of the Donald Trump presidency, we need people who are actually going to embrace this president,” Gaetz added. “President Trump is shaking up Washington, DC, and delivering for the American people. It’s time to support this president.”

After U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced she was going to launch a formal impeachment inquiry against Trump, U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., criticized the decision. 

“The decision to launch an investigation before learning the entire set of facts and hearing from the Director of National Intelligence is reckless. This is clearly politically-motivated and I am incredibly disappointed. The radical left has truly lost sight of the good of the American people. To put it in perspective, five House committee chairmen are currently involved in some sort of investigative inquiry against the president. That’s five committees that could be solving problems like the rising cost of healthcare, the crisis at our southern border and our pressing national security issues. It’s clear the Democrats are here to investigate, not legislate – and the American people deserve better,” he said. 

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The democRATs just put a rope around their own necks.

Could somebody please get Mr Trump a hacksaw blade!!!!!

...and could somebody print out a copy of Nixon's resignation speech!

I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.

Well, surprise surprise! Democrats are now saying that impeachment should not take place. Who would have predicted the sharp about face? Https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZakBC7dt6c

I hope Pelosi and the Democrat party clown car proceeds with the impeachment charade. The Senate will refuse to hear the charges, and impeachment will, from this day forward, become nothing more than a way to show that you're mad that you lost the election. The American public can then re-elect our president so that we all can get on with the business of repairing the damage of the Obozo regime.

My advice to Democrats, and I say this gently: Fill out a "Hurt Feelings Report" and let's move on. --Sen. John Kennedy

I agree with Sen. John Kennedy. Just because your party says something should not mean you have become a lamb. Use your head and begin to think about what is best for our country.

Folks. Keep up the circular firing squad. It keeps Slager employed. We are now taking back our nation.

That's correct, we are taking back our nation, and we started three years ago. President Trump has has been a godsend in that quest. With his help over the next five years, we will repair much of the damage of the Obozo regime.

And Hillary still needs to be sent to prison for her numerous crimes.

Get your plea agreements while you still can, "Anonymous".

Robert Warner, when it's finally over, Trump voters will be as hard to find as folks who admitted they voted for Nixon! Get the helicopter ready! The worst of it will be a brief stint of Mike Pence. Who knows, the Republican party may even re-emerge, after all somebody has to take care of rich folks!

It's gonna be another five years before Mike Pence becomes president.

Pro-Trumpers have hatched all the impeachment conspiracy theories... Joe Biden’s to blame. No, the whistleblower’s lawyers are to blame. No, actually Trump’s “duty-bound” to pressure Ukraine on investigations into his political rival because of Russia. Lil Rocket Man did it, man where's the popcorn for these fools...

Just imagine how screwed our economy would be right now with $12+ per gallon gasoline that we would have if these freak democrats had their way and banned fracking the way they promised.

The Democrat party is the most dangerous terrorist organization that has threatened the United States.

If this is truly nothing and the whistleblower is working entirely off of gossip, then why the refusal to turn over the complaint and any transcripts of the call, as well as direct testimony over why exactly the military aid package was withheld? If nothing exists, be totally transparent as the law directs for a complaint that is deemed credible by the IG and accepted. The other thing as we are talking about facts, is this is only an impeachment inquiry to get at the facts. That's all it is at this point. If the facts were turned over as they should have been under the law, the inquiry might not have had to take place. The problem here is when will it end, over 200 documented contacts by the campaign, during the campaign, with our most hated adversary, obstruction, lies, veiled threats, and now this. When will it end? Only, and only when those that think they are above the law are held accountable. No one is above the law!

Oh, it's not "nothing". It's the fascistic Democrat party still butthurt from the defeat of Adolph Rodham Hitlary.

I'm now convinced that the stats showing that Trump has 99% support from the uneducated is factual, except 1. He is 100% supported by the uneducated...

Not only that, but just wait until the democRAT party finally selects their "candidate" (from the DNC clown car of fools) for president. After the way they've been attacking our highly successful president, I'm going to do all those things right back at their candidate. Then they'll get a huge taste of their own medicine.

see previous comment...

"Pelosi: 'Absolutely Essential Trump’s Not Re-Elected President Of The United States'." - September 24, 2019. This charade is all about politics and their inability to accept the election results of 2016.

"Old Skool" Nancy P. thinks her "Fake Impeachment" is gonna make AOC, THE SQUAD, AND THE REST OF THE CRAY CRAY LEFTISTS love Nancy P. Got some news for ya "Old Skool" Nancy P: they hate you and will continue to hate you. It's so funny to watch the left try to "do politics" when they are clueless. And it makes us true PATRIOT's hearts swell with pride to watch TRUMP play with those leftist idiots as the mindless leftist talking point empty headed dummies of The Swamp. USA USA USA

BINGO!

House Rules Chair: House Has No Plans To Vote On Formal Impeachment Inquiry = this is all to drum up support from their base.

Besides, the Senate will not have an impeachment trial.

Democrats are doing what they traditionally always do: "cannibalize members of their own Party"... (This time they've gone too far to be able to recover)!... After Barak Hussein Obama, there will not be another Democrat President in our lifetime; and there might not even be a Democrat Party before too much longer.

That would be a blessing for America.

The Democrat party is the most dangerous terrorist organization to have threatened the United States.

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