Rep. Jayapal: Democrats Must 'Preserve Our Republic'; Rep. Jeffries: 'Sense of Urgency'

By Susan Jones | December 4, 2019 | 7:41am EST
 Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and Jamie Raskin (R) (D-Md.) at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on lessons learned from the Mueller Report, on June 10, 2019. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and Jamie Raskin (R) (D-Md.) at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on lessons learned from the Mueller Report, on June 10, 2019. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

( - As the Democrats' hellbent impeachment push moves to the House Judiciary Committee today, one member of that committee says "patriotism" is at stake. Another committee member suggested that President Trump will continue to look for foreign help with his re-election effort unless he is stopped.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) told CNN's "New Day" Wednesday morning, if Republicans don't rise to the occasion, it will be up to Democrats to save the country:

What we need from Republicans at this point is that kind of character and patriotism to our country, to our Constitution, and to our democracy. If they don't give it to us, then it will be upon Democrats to preserve our Republic, our democracy. And we will be up to the task.

But I hope that there will be some Republicans that remember what is at stake, and this is far beyond their re-elections or their party.

Host Alisyn Camerota noted that some people have suggested that Democrats are "rushing" to impeachment, rather than waiting for the courts to compel reluctant witnesses: "Are you moving too fast?" Camerota asked Jayapal:

Yeah, you know, the thing about this is this is unprecedented. The way that this president is behaving is unprecedented.

Even Nixon sent his top aides to Congress to testify. He did not try to stop them from testifying. Now They lied, they did other things. But he didn't try to stop them. He released enormous numbers, amounts of documents. This president has obstructed congress every step of the way. A

And so for us, the balance that we have to strike is when is there enough information to move forward versus the real danger to the country of leaving an abusive president in office with unchecked power. And that is a very grave danger. So we are proceedings.

The facts are uncontested, as I said, there is a very clear trail here. And it reflects the same pattern we saw also in the Mueller report, you know, with obstruction of justice, that 400-page report that Robert Mueller put out. This is the same pattern that we saw there. But it has unfolded directly in front of the American people. We don't know what else is out there as we're seeing even with the Intel report, new reports of how Republicans were coordinating at every level with some very, very shady characters. So we do have to move forward. We will move forward.

Trump is still doing what Democrats accuse him of?

On MSNBC Tuesday night, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), also a member of the Judiciary Committee, suggested that President Trump will continue soliciting foreign help with his re-election if he isn't stopped -- (assuming Trump has ever done that at all).

"We're going to continue to move expeditiously because it relates to an urgent national matter of concern and requires action and accountability," Jeffries told Rachel Maddow.

I can say that Speaker Pelosi, who's provided tremendous leadership, the entire House Democratic Caucus, the Intel Committee, the Judiciary Committee, every single one of us feels a sense of urgency as it relates to what the president has done in the past, what he may be doing now and what apparently he believes he can continue to do because he hasn't experienced any consequences to date.

What's amazing here is the president clearly pressured a foreign government to target an American citizen solely for political gain and in the process solicited interference in the 2020 election, beginning the day after Bob Mueller testified on the Hill.

And so there is a clear sense of urgency as it relates to what we have to do. We'll continue to proceed in a serious, solemn and sober fashion. That's what the moment requires. But it also requires us to act decisively so we can bring about some measure of presidential accountability. No one is above the law.

Some Republicans say the current Democrat impeachment proceedings are exhibit A when it comes to election interference -- an effort to remove and bar a duly elected president from serving out this term and possibly winning another.


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