Rep. Karen Bass: Impeachment Is Important Because 'Everybody Jokes About the President'

By Susan Jones | December 5, 2019 | 7:29am EST
Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

( - "Everybody ridicules what is happening in our country right now, which is why I think impeachment is important," Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) told CNN's "New Day" on Thursday.

Bass, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, said she doesn't believe the committee will produce "a ton of articles" against the president.

"We know that the president has abused his power," Bass said. "I believe he's betrayed the Constitution. And I also think that he has obstructed Congress. I mean, he won't cooperate with anything. And then the Mueller report certainly showed ten examples of obstruction of justice. Now, whether or not those will be articles of impeachment, in all honesty, I can tell you that we have not had the specific discussion."

At the end of the interview, Bass indicated that personal dislike and "ridicule" of the president is another reason to impeach him:

What is fundamentally wrong here is that the president pressured another head of state for his personal gain. Yes, of course, we leverage our assistance for -- on behalf of the United States. But we know that that is not what the president was after. It's not the way our foreign policy is conducted.

And I really think -- you know, to see the three heads of state at NATO joke about the president, we do need to understand that everybody jokes about the president. If you go overseas, and I travel a lot, I meet with prime ministers and presidents, and everybody ridicules what is happening in our country right now, which is why I think impeachment is important.

Because it's important for us to demonstrate to the world we are a democracy. And when a democracy like the United States is in trouble, we have a vehicle to address the situation we're in. And it is called impeachment. It is important for us to demonstrate to the rest of the world that we can put this ship back in water.


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