Democratic Reps. Ruben Gallego of Arizona and Mark Pocan of Wisconsin said that President Donald Trump is moving towards impeachment on May 10 after terminating FBI Director James Comey on May 9.
The congressmen made their comments during a conference call organized by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, notes The Hill.
The congressmen said that Trump would have to be proven guilty of criminal malfeasance by colluding with a foreign government or obstruction of justice. They also admitted that Democrats would probably have to win back the House of Representatives in 2018 to impeach the president.
Comey was investigating possible links between the Russian government and the Trump campaign when Trump fired him.
Gallego explained the potential of impeachment on the conference call:
We are certainly moving down that path. There is a lot of runway until we get there, but the president is not helping himself by firing the person investigating him… We don’t have the numbers to do something right now, but when it comes to a point when we feel there is no other recourse, you’d have — I think — we’d have the full support of the Democratic caucus.
Pocan said if there were an “impeachment clock,” it moved one hour closer to midnight:
We always, as we talk to people, say [impeachment] is one of the tools we have on the table to try and get the administration to do the right thing. This has got to still be on the table as an option if there was obstruction of justice by firing FBI director… We’re seeing Democrats and Republicans concerned with timing of this decision… We would first need a majority in Congress or some Republican votes… but we need to keep every tool available to make sure president follows the law.
Quinnipiac University released a national poll on May 10 that found American voters gave Trump a 58 percent job disapproval rating, and a 38 percent approval rating.
The poll found 61 percent believe that Trump was not honest, while 33 percent said he was. Fifty-six percent do not think Trump has good leadership skills, while 41 percent do. Fifty-nine percent don’t think Trump cares about average Americans, while 38 percent do.
When it comes to being level-headed, 66 percent said Trump was not, but 29 percent said he was. Sixty-two percent believe Trump is a strong person, 35 percent do not. When it comes to intelligence, 56 percent think Trump is smart, while 41 percent do not. A whopping 64 percent say the president does not share their values, while 32 percent say he does.
Sources: The Hill, Quinnipiac University / Photo Credit: Office of the President of the United States/Wikimedia Commons