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De Blasio Resists Idea Of Impeaching Trump In Wake Of Mueller Report

April 19, 2019 - 11:49 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) Mayor de Blasio remains cool to the idea of impeaching President Donald Trump in the aftermath of the heavily redacted Mueller Report.

“This president has been the most reckless, dangerous president we have ever had, but that's a different question than whether we have, at this moment, on the table, the specific grounds to achieve impeachment, whether we have something that is going to get through the United States Senate held by Republicans, so I'm just trying to get to a real world place and I actually think most Democrats and progressives want to have the honest, realistic conversation,” said de Blasio on his weekly WNYC broadcast.

He added that the Dems should pursue every avenue which could bring out new facts that would make impeachment a more realistic option, but that that doesn’t exist today and Dems need to concentrate on defeating Donald Trump in the 2020 election.

"What I'm telling people is even though I think there's a huge amount here that will be followed up on aggressively by the Congress we should stop putting as much energy into hoping for sort of a magic bullet in the Mueller report," de Blasio said. "Impeachment's not easy, especially with Republicans in the Senate, so I very much believe that Jerry Nadler and others will look into every detail of the Mueller report and they may find something there or other sources that changes the picture in favor of impeachment but at this moment I just am worried about people putting a lot of energy into hoping for an impeachment proceeding that's not on the horizon."

But if you ask former Brooklyn Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman, who was on the House Judiciary Committee during Watergate, there's no doubt in her mind that the Mueller report outlines grounds for impeachment. 

"There's a very strong case to be made that Donald Trump has committed impeachable offenses, meaning that he has engaged in an egregious abuse of power time after time after time," Holtzman told WCBS 880's Peter Haskell.

That includes witness tampering in the offering of pardons, Haskell reported., which is similar to what happened during Watergate.

"One of the grounds for the impeachment of Richard Nixon, explicit grounds, was that he dangled and authorized the offering of pardons to the Watergate burglars," Holtzman said.

She understands many Republicans still back the president.

"Of course there will be people who support him. He's got 25 percent of the people, Nixon had 25 percent of the people even after he resigned," said Holtzman, who sees Trump as a threat to our democracy. 

Holtzman believes Mueller's conclusion should've been more clear about the president's wrongdoing.