Members of the progressive “Squad” are now demanding that Congress launch a new impeachment investigation against President Donald Trump even though he likely has only two weeks left in office. The call for the impeachment is motivated by allegations that Trump pressured Georgia’s Secretary of State to “find” the 11,780 votes necessary to hand him Georgia’s presidential electors, according to the Daily Wire.
On the recording, Trump appears to insist that he won Georgia by an overwhelming majority and asks Raffensperger to “recalculate” the vote count.
“I won this election by hundreds of thousands of votes. There’s no way I lost Georgia. There’s no way,” Trump says on the recording. “So look. All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have because we won the state.”
“I absolutely think it’s an impeachable offense, and if it was up to me, there would be articles on the floor quite quickly, but he, I mean, he is trying to — he is attacking our very election. He’s attacking our very election,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said in an interview Sunday, adding that a punishment should come swiftly despite Trump’s exit from the White House in the coming days.
In a statement posted to Twitter, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) echoed her colleague’s sentiments.
“The president’s effort to openly overturn our election results by putting pressure on the Republican Secretary of State of Georgia is a crime, plain and simple,” Omar said. “The constitutional remedy for a high crime and misdemeanor committed by the president of the United States is clear: impeachment.”
The Daily Wire reported that “both members of the ‘squad’ seem to believe the amount of time Trump has left as president was immaterial to the issue and that the Constitution specifically provides for impeachment as a remedy regardless of tenure.”
According to Fox News, however, many prominent Democrats are reticent to do as the “Squad” demands, saying that Trump’s legacy should be left up to historians while politicians turn their attention elsewhere.
“If today is Jan. 4, there’s 16 days until Joe Biden is the next president of the United States of America,” Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), told reporters. “We are in a deadly pandemic. It is a once-in-a-century public health crisis. The chaos, confusion, conflict, and corruption that Donald Trump has inflicted upon this country is something to be evaluated by the historians at this particular point in time.”
Jeffries also suggested that an impeachment inquiry would have to take place before an impeachment vote, the way issues of Trump’s involvement in Ukraine was handled back in 2019.
“There were a series of steps that were taken by Donald Trump and his team that resulted in him being impeached for his corrupt abuse of power,” he said. “With respect [to] what has currently taken place, I have not viewed the transcript. We’re not looking backward, we’re looking forward to the inauguration of Joe Biden on Jan. 20.”