The Democrat who Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has chosen to lead the House’s impeachment managers in the second Senate trial of President Donald Trump seems to have little interest in calming national tensions.
Speaking to CNN on Sunday, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) made the wild, baseless allegation that a mob of Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol formed an “assassination party” targeting the House speaker, the Washington Examiner reported.
Pelosi tapped Raskin to head the team set to prosecute Trump for “incitement of insurrection” after some of his supporters rioted at the Capitol on Jan. 6.
“Hunting for Nancy Pelosi”
Appearing on CNN, Raskin called on Americans to consider the “solemnity” of what took place, as the Daily Mail reported, but the version the congressman served up was more Hollywood.
The protesters were “hunting” for Pelosi and “came within a hair’s breadth” of hanging Mike Pence, Raskin claimed.
“There was an assassination party hunting for Nancy Pelosi,” he told Jake Tapper, according to the Washington Examiner. “So, this cannot be at the level of normal partisan push and pull and just kind of throwing rhetorical bricks back and forth. This was an attack on our country.”
Raskin seemed to echo a retracted claim from federal prosecutors that the protesters planned to “capture and assassinate” lawmakers. They clarified Friday that there is no “direct evidence” for the charge, after initially saying there was “strong evidence,” the Examiner noted.
Trial coming “soon”
Meanwhile, Democrats have taken heat for stoking national divisions by launching a second impeachment process that will not conclude before Trump leaves office on Wednesday.
But Raskin, for his part, seems to have little desire to pump the brakes, telling CNN on Sunday that the House will deliver the impeachment articles “soon” to the Senate and that there’s no need for a thorough investigation.
“I guess what I’m saying is, if you invade a police headquarters, and you ransack and rampage the place, and you kill officers and people working in the police headquarters, you don’t need a six-month investigation to determine what happened,” he said, according to the New York Post.
Political violence is always wrong. But inflammatory claims like these need to be backed by solid evidence, not exaggerated for political reasons.