A group of Democrats in the House of Representatives is attempting to gain support for the option of censuring President Trump rather than impeaching him.
According to Politico, those Democrats hail from districts that President Trump won in 2016 and include Representatives Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), Anthony Brindisi (D-N.Y.), and Ben McAdams (D-Utah).
The group of lawmakers met Monday afternoon to discuss the possibility of getting a censure bid off the ground in a move they believe would punish President Trump over the Ukraine controversy without dragging out a Senate impeachment trial that could provide that chamber’s Republican majority with the opportunity to shift public focus to information favorable to them and the president.
“I think it’s certainly appropriate and might be a little more bipartisan, who knows,” said Schrader, though he admitted that “time’s slipping by.”
“Right now, there's no other options. This is another option,” said another lawmaker who attended Monday’s meeting.
The Trump-country Democrats hope that the censure option would gain some Republican support, but acknowledge it has little chance of being embraced by their own party.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi has already declared her intention to impeach President Trump.
“Sadly, but with confidence and humility, with allegiance to our founders, and our heart full of love for America, today I am asking our chairmen to proceed with the articles of impeachment,” Pelosi said in a press briefing last week.
Accordingly, Democrats introduced two articles of impeachment against the president on Tuesday, one for abuse of power and one for obstruction of justice.
Referring to President Trump’s request that the president of Ukraine look into the allegedly corrupt dealings of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, with the natural-gas firm Burisma Holdings, the impeachment article states:
In all of this, President Trump abused the powers of the Presidency by ignoring and injuring national security and other vital national interests to obtain an improper personal political benefit. He also betrayed the Nation by abusing his high office to enlist a foreign power in corrupting democratic elections.
President Trump’s response to the impeachment articles was brief, but direct.
WITCH HUNT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2019
Trump noted that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has repeatedly denied that the White House pressured him into investigating the Bidens by threatening to withhold military aid, as was alleged by the anonymous “whistleblower” whose complaint led to the impeachment inquiry.
“Nadler just said that I ‘pressured Ukraine to interfere in our 2020 Election,’” President Trump tweeted. “Ridiculous, and he knows that is not true. Both the President & Foreign Minister of Ukraine said, many times, that there ‘WAS NO PRESSURE.’ Nadler and the Dems know this, but refuse to acknowledge!”
Additionally, Ukraine received the U.S. military aid without Zelensky ever making the public announcement of a Biden investigation on which the “whistleblower” claimed the aid was conditioned.
In a statement Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham characterized the impeachment articles as an attempt by Democrats to “overturn the votes” of the millions of Americans who voted for President Trump in 2016.
“Today, in a baseless and partisan attempt to undermine a sitting President, Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats announced the pre-determined outcome of their sham impeachment — something they have been seeking since before President Trump was inaugurated.”
The House is expected to vote on the impeachment articles as early as next week. Notably, the articles did not include a charge of “bribery,” of which Democrats have frequently accused the president.
The Constitution limits the grounds of impeachment to “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
Despite the hopes of moderate Democrats, impeachment appears to be a foregone conclusion now. Pelosi has already publicly ruled out censure as an option.
“I think censure is just a way out. If you want to go, you gotta go,” she told reporters in June. “If the goods are there, you must impeach. Censure is nice, but it is not commensurate with the violations of the Constitution should we decide that’s the way to go.”
“I don’t think [moderate Democrats] have enough to block impeachment. 10 to 12 max. But they’re working to raise it,” said a Democrat lawmaker who discussed censure with Republicans. “And [they’re] obviously reaching out to Republicans to see if they would join them.”
Democrats are likely to get their impeachment wish in time for Christmas. But when it reaches the Senate, will it prove to be a case of “be careful what you wish for?”
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