In a recent interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said President Donald Trump isn’t being impeached for what he has done, but rather, what he is doing.
“This is a crime in progress against the Constitution and against the American democracy,” Nadler insisted, according to Breitbart. He went on to call Trump “a continuing threat” to U.S. national security and “to the integrity of our elections.”
“This is not a one-off,” he said. “Impeachment is not a punishment for past behavior.”
“A continuing threat”
While Democrats are pushing ahead with impeachment, polling shows that much of the American public isn’t following along. When Stephanopoulos raised this issue with Nadler on Sunday’s episode of ABC’s This Week, the Judiciary chairman responded by citing a poll from last month that showed 70% of Americans disapproved of President Trump’s infamous July phone call with Ukraine, according to USA Today.
As Stephanapolis pointed out, that doesn’t mean a majority of Americans said they wanted Trump removed from office. But rather than address the numbers, Nadler responded by accusing the president of ongoing crimes.
“This president conspired, sought foreign interference in the 2016 election, he is openly seeking foreign interference in the 2020 election, and he poses a continuing threat to our national security and to the integrity of our elections, to our democratic system itself,” he said. “We cannot permit that to continue.”
Turning to tyranny?
Later in the program, Nadler insisted that impeaching Trump needs to happen now — before the 2020 election comes around. But while many conservatives have speculated that Democrats want a swift impeachment because they don’t believe they can beat Trump in 2020, Nadler maintains that Dems are concerned about crimes “against the Constitution.”
“We cannot take the risk that the next election will be corrupted through foreign interference solicited by the president, which he is clearly trying to do,” he said. “It goes to the heart of our democracy.”
Asked if he was concerned about Rep. Jeff Van Drew, a New Jersey Democrat who recently announced that he is considering switching parties over the issue of impeachment, according to The New York Times, Nadler said Drew was only thinking about 2020.
“This is not political — we should not be looking at those things,” he asserted. “This is the defense of our democracy. Do we stay a democratic republic, or do we turn into a tyranny?”
Of course, many on the right would argue that impeaching a sitting president with little-to-no evidence of wrongdoing after two years of insisting he should be removed over mere policy disagreements is tyrannical on the part of the Dems — but Nadler conveniently left that out.