Published: Thu, June 20, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Pelosi rules out censuring Trump as alternative to impeachment

Pelosi rules out censuring Trump as alternative to impeachment

Her remarks were in response to a question on whether there is an alternative option of simply voting to censure the president, an idea that Pelosi said is not under consideration.

'With me this runs deep and every day we see more, so why would we stop with a less strong case, ' she said. Last week, Amazon responded to former Vice President Joe Biden when he said that "no company pulling in billions of dollars of profits should pay a lower tax rate than firefighters and teachers". Porter was one of 35 new female lawmakers elected to Congress in 2018.

Pelosi spoke on a morning when Rep. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.) announced his support for launching impeachment proceedings, becoming the 69th House Democrat to do so.

In the interview with "This Week", Ocasio-Cortez said she doesn't care if Bezos is a billionaire if Amazon pays workers a "living wage", along with benefits like guaranteed health care.

-She said that even on the question of rebuilding U.S. infrastructure, which Trump had often said he wanted to do, "when it came to pay for it, he diverted attention to personal matters".

"I feel no pressure from my members to do anything", Pelosi added.

No Republican senator has yet come out in favor of such an effort and House Democrats are divided about going ahead with impeachment, which never in USA history has resulted in the removal of a president.

'Censure is just a way out, ' she said.

"That's a day at the beach for the president - or at his golf club or wherever he goes to get that complexion", Pelosi said.

But freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who favors the impeachment process, said it had to be about more than polls.

Only 27 percent of Americans believe there is enough evidence to start impeachment proceedings now, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

The calls for impeachment began when special counsel Robert Mueller's 448-report was released and Democrats argued there was evidence the president obstructed justice. And even if the House votes to impeach Trump and the Senate declines to convict, he said, it may be politically worthwhile to force the Republican senators who are up for re-election in Colorado, North Carolina and other swing states to vote. "The multiple instances of obstruction laid out in the Mueller report necessitate that the House launch an impeachment inquiry".

Attorney General Bill Barr did not pursue such charges against Trump, which infuriated Democrats.

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