Keller @ Large: Rep. Lori Trahan On Calling For President Trump’s Impeachment

Keller @ Large: Rep. Lori Trahan On Calling For President Trump’s Impeachment


WELCOME BACK TO OUR CONVERSATION WITH LORI TRAHAN FROM THE THIRD DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS. ALMOST IMMEDIATELY AFTER SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT MUELLER COMPLETED HIS TESTIMONY LAST MONTH, YOU CALLED FOR IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS TO BEGIN, THE SIXTH MEMBER OF OUR DELEGATION TO DO SO. WHAT DID YOU HEAR THAT MADE YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND? I HAVE TO ASK YOU. SOME IN YOUR DISTRICT SUGGESTED THAT PRESSURE ON YOU TO DO THAT FROM YOUR OPPONENT LAST TIME AROUND, DAN COE, WHO MAY BE RUNNING AGAINST YOU, PLAYED A ROLE, DID IT? NO MORE THAN ALL THE OTHER CONSTITUENTS WHO CALLED MY OFFICE, EXPRESSING THEIR CONCERN, AND YOU KNOW, IT WASN’T A CHANGE OF MIND. WE WERE ALWAYS — WE ALWAYS HAD IMPEACHMENT ON THE TABLE. I THINK AS THE ADMINISTRATION CONTINUED TO OBSTRUCT THE INVESTIGATIVE HEARINGS, AND NOT COMPLYING WITH THE SUBPOENAS T WAS MOVING US IN THE DIRECTION, AND I DEFINITELY WANTED ROBERT MUELLER TO COME AND TESTIFY. I THINK IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT, NOT JUST FOR THE PEOPLE OF MY DISTRICT WHO DIDN’T READ THE REPORT, BUT FOR ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, TO HEAR FROM HIM. IMPORTANT THINGS, RIGHT, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND THE PRESIDENT, YOU KNOW, MISREPRESENTED HIS FINDINGS COMPLETELY. HE NEVER EXONERATED THE PRESIDENT. IF IT WERE YOU OR I, WE WOULD HAVE BEEN CHARGED, AND THERE’S AMPLE EVIDENCE OF OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE FOR US TO PURSUE. THAT HAD TO BE FLUSHED OUT, I THINK, AND PEOPLE NEEDED TO HEAR THAT FOR THEMSELVES. I WILL TELL YOU, THE THING THAT HE SAID THAT WAS SO COMPELLING, AND I WAS HAPPY THAT’S OUT IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN AND PUTTING PRESSURE ON THE SENATE RIGHT NOW, THE FACT THAT THE RUSSIANS ARE ACTING RIGHT NOW, PROACTIVELY TO INTERFERE AGAIN WITH OUR 2020 ELECTION, AND, SO YEAH, I — IT’S NOT A DECISION I TAKE LIGHTLY. I LIVED THROUGH THE CLINTON IMPEACHMENT AS A STAFFER, AND I WAS VERY THOUGHTFUL ABOUT MY APPROACH. I KNOW HOW DIVISIVE IT CAN BE WHEN IT’S NOT MORE SELF-EVIDENT RATHER THAN PORTRAYED AS A PARTISAN DECISION, AND I CALLED FOR IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS. IN THE DEBATE, THE FIRST DEBATE LAST WEEK, SENATOR WARREN, WHO YOU HAVE ENDORSED, HER CANDIDACY, SHE SAID THAT CONCERNS THAT WERE BEING RAISED ABOUT MEDICARE FOR ALL, THE COST OF IT, AND SO ON, AND ABILITY TO KEEP PRIVATE INSURANCE DOWN THE ROAD WERE REPUBLICAN TALKING POINTS THAT SHOULD NOT EVEN BE COMING UP IN THE DEMOCRATIC DEBATE. DO YOU AGREE WITH THAT? I THINK WHAT ELIZABETH WARREN IS DOING IS TRYING TO MAKE THE CONVERSATION MORE BOLD, TRYING TO BRING OUR COUNTRY TO A PLACE WHERE WE ARE ASPIRING TO BE MUCH BETTER AND THE REALITY IS, YOU KNOW, SHE IS PRAGMATIC AS WELL. SHE KNOWS WHEN WE GET TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE AND DISCUSS HEALTH CARE, THERE’S GOING TO BE A LOT OF PEOPLE AT THE TABLE, AND SHE KNOWS HOW TO MANAGE ALL OF THAT, AND I LIKE THE FACT WHAT SHE SAID TO CONGRESSMAN DELANEY, WHY WOULD YOU BE RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT IF YOU WERE NOT GOING TO TALK ABOUT THE CHANGES WE SHOULD BE PROMOTING? I THINK THE BOLD, BIG IDEAS ARE IMPORTANT TO HAVE AS GUARD RAILS FOR WHAT IS POSSIBLE. SOUNDED LIKE SHE WAS TRYING TO SHUT DOWN THE DECENT, IS THAT YOUR POSITION? NO, I THINK WE WANT ALL PEOPLE AT THE TABLE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IS ACHIEVABLE. THAT HAPPENS IN THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS. I WILL TELL YOU, I MEAN, I THINK PEOPLE FORGET, NANCY PELOSI USED TO BE, YOU KNOW, THE POSTER CHILD FOR A SINGLE- PAYER SYSTEM, AND THEN SHE REALIZED WHEN SHE WAS NEGOTIATING AND FRANKLY USHERING IN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, IT WAS POSSIBLE. YOU KNOW, I THINK YOU JUST — IT’S GREAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT BIG IDEAS. YOU ALWAYS LAND IN A BETTER PLACE, BETTER OUTCOMES IN WE HAVE BOLD IDEAS. CONGRESSWOMAN, THANK YOU. ALWAYS GOOD TO TALK TO YOU.

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  1. Knowingly participating in a conspiracy to commit treason is a Capitol crime. Calling yourselves 'media' or 'Democrat' won't save you. WWG1WGA

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