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Oakland County political gossip

IMPEACH OR NOT

August 6, 2019

 

That is the question. And it's rapidly being answered by more and more of the nation's congressional Democrats, with the tide firmly turning on Friday August 2, when it was reported that, for the first time, a majority – over 118 – of House Democrats are now calling for an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, despite urges of caution by Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She has been worried it could jeopardize Democrats going into the 2020 election, but it appears the house has left the barn, especially following not only Robert Mueller's testimony to Congress that Trump lied in his responses to his questions, but continuing racist attacks by the president on Twitter towards Rep. Elijah Cummings. Michigan Rep. Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Township, Franklin, Beverly Hills, Royal Oak, Huntington Woods, part of Macomb County), Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield, Waterford, Farmington Hills, West Bloomfield, Detroit), Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint), Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit, Dearborn Heights, Highland Park, Westland) – as well as former Republican, now Independent Rep. Justin Amash of Grand Rapids, have all called for impeachment inquiries to begin. While Reps. Elissa Slotkin (D-Rochester, Rochester Hills, northern Oakland, parts of Livingston and Ingham counties), Haley Stevens (D-Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Troy, western Oakland and Wayne counties) and Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Allen Park, Taylor, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti) officially are calling for further investigations, Slotkin told Downtown that impeachment investigations “have started,” and she's supportive of what the House's Judiciary Committee is doing. “They have to. It's logical and they have to go about laying a case, if there is one.” Impeachment is when a legislative body charges an elective official – it does not mean removal from office, although it can.

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