In the aftermath of the Mueller report, more Congressional Democrats are calling for impeachment, including a new wave of lawmakers that were not previously onboard with the idea before the report’s release.
But when asked by reporters Monday if he was worried about impeachment, President Donald Trump replied: “Not even a little bit.”
Watch the video below:
Reporter to Trump: "Are you worried about impeachment, Mr. President?"
— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) April 22, 2019
However, the president had impeachment on his mind Monday morning and laid out the case on Twitter of why he thinks he can’t be impeached.
“Only high crimes and misdemeanors can lead to impeachment,” he wrote. “There were no crimes by me (No Collusion, No Obstruction), so you can’t impeach.”
Only high crimes and misdemeanors can lead to impeachment. There were no crimes by me (No Collusion, No Obstruction), so you can’t impeach. It was the Democrats that committed the crimes, not your Republican President! Tables are finally turning on the Witch Hunt!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 22, 2019
Trump’s notion that Democrats can’t impeach him is untrue. Impeachment is a political move, not a legal one, and is dependent on the votes of the House of Representatives.
Plenty of Democratic Congress members have indicated that the report lays out impeachable offenses.
Notably, 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called on her colleagues to take action.
“Mueller put the next step in the hands of Congress: ‘Congress has authority to prohibit a President’s corrupt use of his authority in order to protect the integrity of the administration of justice,'” she tweeted Friday.
“The correct process for exercising that authority is impeachment.”
Mueller put the next step in the hands of Congress: “Congress has authority to prohibit a President’s corrupt use of his authority in order to protect the integrity of the administration of justice.” The correct process for exercising that authority is impeachment.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) April 19, 2019
In the House of Representatives, there is already a resolution to begin impeachment proceeding from Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.). Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) announced over the weekend she would sign onto the resolution.
“The report squarely puts [impeachmnet] on our doorstep,” she wrote.
Many know I take no pleasure in discussions of impeachment. I didn’t campaign on it, & rarely discuss it unprompted.
We all prefer working on our priorities: pushing Medicare for All, tackling student loans, & a Green New Deal.
But the report squarely puts this on our doorstep.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 18, 2019
Not all Democrats are on board, however. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is still stark in her opinion that impeachment proceedings won’t be worth the trouble, and Democrats should focus on getting Trump out of office by means of the 2020 election.