Durbin Warns Dems Against Becoming ‘the Impeachment Congress,’ Says They’re ‘Ignoring’ the Needs of the People

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Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is warning his congressional colleagues on not becoming the “impeachment Congress” amid several impeachment calls.

While Democratic lawmakers continue to put pressure on impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump, the president isn’t the only one receiving calls to be impeached.

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh found himself under fire from numerous Democrats after The New York Times reported on Saturday about details of a new sexual misconduct allegation against him, as IJR previously reported. Things then were shaken up when the Times posted an update on the story about the alleged victim not recalling the incident.

However, 2020 Democratic presidential contenders, along with other Democratic lawmakers, called for Kavanaugh’s impeachment following the story’s publication, as IJR reported.

In response to the impeachment calls, Durbin said on Monday, “Get real,” according to Politico.

He then insisted that Congress shouldn’t get too wrapped up in impeachment and “[ignore] the issues” of the American people.

“We’ve got to get beyond this ‘impeachment is the answer to every problem,’” Durbin said. “It’s not realistic.”

“If that’s how we are identified in Congress, as the impeachment Congress, we run the risk that people will feel we’re ignoring the issues that mean a lot to them as families,” the Democratic lawmaker added.

However, Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) is expected to file an impeachment resolution against Kavanaugh on Tuesday to “hold Kavanaugh accountable for his actions.”

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Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) — who was a swing vote in Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings to the Supreme Court — is among several Republican lawmakers responding to the situation regarding calls for Kavanaugh’s impeachment.

“The news stories today are not adding anything to what has already been reported,” Collins’ spokesperson said in a statement. “[…] The only new part of the story was an alleged incident reported by former Clinton aid Max Stier — but this is an accusation that lacks an accuser.”

The statement continued: “In fact, the New York Times corrected its own story to note that not only did the student in question not recall any such incident, she also declined to be interviewed for the book.”

Additionally, the two writers of the Times piece told MSNBC that their draft of the story with the Kavanaugh accusation had the identity of the alleged victim and the information that was later added in an editor’s note, but the information was removed by the editors.

While 2020 Democrats are among those who’ve called for Kavanaugh’s impeachment, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) has made it clear that he’s focused on impeachment investigation into Trump first, as IJR reported.

“We have our hands full with impeaching the president right now and it’s going to take up our limited resources and time for a while,” the Democratic lawmaker said.

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Phyllis Softa
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There are currently 170 House passed bills on Moscow Mitch’s, who prefers “Grim reaper,” desk. Those bill cover everything from veterans services, election interference, prescription drug costs, and gun violence. Don’t take my word for it google 116th Congress bills. There are 2 of 19 Democrat candidates that support impeaching the SCOTUS Justice who will always be known as the beer loving accused sexual assaulter. THAT is what R’s fought for. They could have asked for another nominee without that distinction but has an expansive vision of presidential powers, pro-corporate/anti-employee & consumer rulings, and is opposed to safe abortion procedures.… Read more »

Peter Aiello
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The Democrats have been demonstrating what their priorities are when they control the House. Hopefully, this will be good for the Republicans.

djr4nger
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djr4nger

Too bad, Dick. Your party has already indelibly stamped itself as the party of ‘Impeachment’ and ‘Obstruction’. Doubt you’re gonna be able to shake it off by 2020.

william jackson
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Totally agree—-but in a way it’s funny to watch the party of jackass pull off a vanishing act!

Rob Edwards
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“former Clinton aid Max Stier — but this is an accusation that lacks an accuser.” There lies the problem – a former Clinton aid. What an absolute JOKE this is! Liberals are the bastion of EVIL and HATE!

David
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David

Maybe the new slogan for the uber left is “Complain. Just because.”

Michael Meroney
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Now this is scary. One of the most liberal reps in the party trying to reign in far uber left who are off the rails crazy. I’m impressed.

Screwtape
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The Party of Impeachment is a great description. “We don’t need no stinking evidence.” is also appropriate

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