White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders slammed Democrats for spending time on impeachment investigations instead of other major policy areas.
Since the report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller found that President Donald Trump did not conspire with the Russians during the 2016 election, Democrats have taken the investigations into Russia collusion and obstruction of justice into their own hands.
House Committee chairs Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) have tried several different ways of digging up dirt on Trump, including issuing subpoenas and trying to force the IRS to turn over the president’s personal tax returns in hopes of uncovering evidence of ties to Russia or an attempt to obstruct justice.
All of these investigations have triggered calls for impeachment proceedings against President Trump to force his compliance with further investigations.
Meanwhile, the crisis at the border has continued to spiral out of control, with calls for additional funding going unanswered. Last week, a 16-year-old migrant boy died after complications from influenza — a disease that is spreading in the overcrowded detention facilities.
During an interview with Fox News, Sanders claimed inaction from Congress will cause tragedies like that to continue. She claimed their focus on impeachment isn’t just bad for them politically, but it’s bad for the country.
She called for Democrats to work with Trump on immigration, the USMCA trade negotiations, and infrastructure. Sanders claimed their focus on impeachment shows Democrats “care more about playing partisan political games than they do about the American people.”
Watch Sanders’ interview:
“[Impeachment is] not just bad politically, it’s just bad governing. Their job is to come here and actually do something and govern and they’re not doing that. […] Hopefully, they’re going to have a come-to-Jesus moment where they realize what a terrible idea this is. There is no basis whatsoever for impeachment. The Mueller report was conclusive: there was no collusion, there was no obstruction. It’s time to move forward and get some stuff done.”
It isn’t yet clear how far Democrats are willing to go with impeachment. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has been strongly opposed to moving forward with the proceedings, but following a meeting Wednesday morning, she claimed Trump had engaged in a “cover-up.” Her comments make it unclear what the next steps are for Democrats.