Rep. John Yarmuth: Trump Has Committed Impeachable Offenses

By on December 28, 2017

Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) said Wednesday said he feels President Trump’s actions are worthy of impeachment, but that any sort of effort to actually impeach him would be a “wate of time” so long as the GOP controls both houses of Congress.

“I think there are a lot of us, myself included, who believe that Donald Trump has committed impeachable offenses, but that doesn’t mean that impeachment is a reasonable thing to pursue,” Yarmuth said on MSNBC’s “MTP Daily.”

“We’re not in the majority so we are not going to get passed in the House. It takes two-thirds in the Senate. We’d never get close if we got an impeachment resolution passed. So it would just be a waste of time,” he added.

Yarmuth represents Kentucky’s 3rd District that includes the state’s largest city, Louisville. That county was one of only two in the state that voted for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election.

While Yarmuth may not feel that impeachment is an achievable goal, he still says it’s a conversation that lawmakers should be having when it comes to Trump’s improprieties.

“It’s appropriate to talk about the fact that this man deserves to be impeached,” he said.

The Kentucky Democrat is one of the few members of Congress who has gone so far as to introduce articles of impeachment against the president. He later tabled his effort, however, which aimed to remove the president because, among other alleged offenses, he “threatened to revoke TV licenses over content that was questionable to him.”

“To me, that’s an abuse of power that rises to an impeachable offense,” he said, adding that that “doesn’t mean we’re going to spend any time talking about it.”

He’s right about the futility of the effort, though. At least for now. And even if the Democrats regain control of the House and get the articles passed, it would take 67 Senators to convict Trump. That’s a steep hill to climb and it’s unlikely Democrats, even with their renewed energy among voters, could muster up enough of a wave to take 67 Senate seats. And it’s unlikely that any Republican Senators would be willing to cross the aisle to vote with them.