Senate Democrats are speaking out against the recent push to move forward with impeachment, saying that it would be a premature move.
“I don’t think we should go there now,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who is on the Senate Judiciary Committee as the ranking Democratic member. “I was here for the Clinton impeachment and after it was over I wished it never had happened. I think we ought to be very, very cautious with that kind of thing.”
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) also criticized those supporting impeachment, questioning why they wanted to move forward with something that would most likely not be finished by the 2020 election.
“There’s no appetite whatsoever,” Manchin said. “Impeachment and all that goes with impeachment wouldn’t be done any quicker than the election would be done so it’s crazy. Makes no sense at all.”
A majority of Democrats in the Senate are not concerned with the issue, and according to Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), impeachment is not discussed in caucus meetings.
“I’ve never heard it,” Tester said. “It’s getting the cart ahead of the horse. You got to get the information, you got to do a study, you got to release a law report, you got to get the underlying documents.”
“I just think it’s a little premature,” he added.
Senate Democrat Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.) also hopes to move on and focus on proving to Americans why they should be the majority party.
“I think we need to work on things that convince them that a Democratic Congress is in their best interest,” said Durbin.
As IJR Red reported, there are many House Democrats who are ready to move forward with impeachment despite the lack of solid evidence and requests from Pelosi to wait to see the results of investigations.