House chairman: Trump will be emboldened if Dems do nothing post-Mueller report
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Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, the Democratic chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said President Trump will be emboldened if congressional Democrats, fearing a
political backlash, "do nothing" in the wake of the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report.
"If we do nothing here, what is going to happen is that the president is going to be emboldened. He's going to be emboldened because he's said, 'Well, I got away with that,'"
Cummings said on "Face the Nation" Sunday. "We cannot afford that. Our democracy cannot afford that," he added.
Although he said he can "foresee" impeachment proceedings "possibly coming," Cummings said he's "not there yet" and warned that many Americans still do not believe the
president is "doing things to destroy our democracy." Still, the Maryland Democrat said Congress needs to take prompt action to expose the "great harm" he believes Mr. Trump
is inflicting on the country.
In the process of obtaining more information about the president's conduct, Cummings added, impeachment could be an option, even if the Republican-controlled Senate
refused to convict Mr. Trump and remove him from office. "Even if we did not win, possibly, if there were not impeachment, I think history would smile upon us for standing up
for the Constitution," Cummings said.
Keep that impeachment train a rolling
Not doing something just confirms that consequences literally do not exist
At this point, Impeachment isn't a political move - it's an obligation to ensure we can maintain what little decorum we have left.
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