December 29, 2019

Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA) explains the obvious to CNN's Jake Tapper -- that the House may have no other choice than to send over additional articles of impeachment if Trump refuses to stop abusing the power of his office, and he wrapped up his response with a question that ought to be asked of every single Republican member of Congress: "At what point does this stop?"

TAPPER: You said this month if president Trump is not removed from office, “I don't think anything stops him from thinking he can't do it again.” Is there a possibility you think that the House could impeach president Trump again, before the end of term or even in his next term, if there is another term?

KENNEDY: Jake, I -- we talked about this before. I would hope that we would not have not have to impeach president Trump once. I would hope that – obviously I voted to remove the president from office, because I believe he has abused his power. I hope we don't have to do that again, but let's be clear.

This is not the House of Representatives voting to impeachment Donald Trump. This is the House of Representatives standing up for our constitution and holding the president accountable for his own actions.

Remember, the call in question that brought down the scrutiny about the president's actions vis-a-vis Ukraine happened the day after Director Mueller testified about the electoral interference and the Trump administration's handling of Russian interference in our election.

The next day, the day after Director Mueller was there, when plenty of news reports said it was clear the president wasn't going to be held accountable for those actions, the very next day he called up the president of Ukraine and said do us a favor though.

And the fact that you've got someone engaged in the behavior as outlined in the Mueller report -- and I read every page of it – as atrocious and I think as disrespectful of the office and the country as it was, the fact that after he was clearly going to skate on that, the next day he engages in behavior and then when called to account on this one, he gets in front of news cameras and asked China to do the very same thing.

At what point does this stop? At what point does this president actually abide by the laws, rules and regulations and national security concerns of this country? And at this point he hasn't, and that's what this process is about.

I did not run for office to try to impeach a president, but if the president's going to keeps abusing his office, I'm not sure what else I can do.

Can you help us out?

For nearly 20 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit, but now Facebook is drowning us in an ocean of right wing lies. Please give a one-time or recurring donation, or buy a year's subscription for an ad-free experience. Thank you.


We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service for information on our posting policy.