Democrat on Intel, Judiciary Committees Compares Trump to Would-Be Bank-Robber, Burglar, Car-Jacker...

By Susan Jones | December 2, 2019 | 8:33am EST
Rep. Val Demmings (D-Fla.) sits on both the House intelligence and Judiciary Committees (Photo: Screen capture/C-SPAN)
Rep. Val Demmings (D-Fla.) sits on both the House intelligence and Judiciary Committees (Photo: Screen capture/C-SPAN)

( - Rep. Val Demmings (D-Fla.), a member of both the House intelligence and Judiciary Committees, on Sunday compared President Donald Trump to a would-be bank-robber, burglar, or car-jacker who "got caught" while attempting to commit a crime.

Martha Raddatz, the host of ABC's "This Week," presented Demmings with the Republican argument -- that the Ukrainians never announced or conducted the investigations Trump wanted; the U.S. military aid ultimately flowed; and Trump did meet with Ukraine President Zelensky at the United Nations in September.

"Should Democrats consider a censure instead of the drastic step of impeachment?" Raddatz asked Demmings:

"Well, you know, you're going to make me go back to my law enforcement experience," Demmings responded.

I had an opportunity in 27 years to deal with a lot of people who attempted to rob a bank, attempted to burglarize a house, attempted to carjack an individual. We didn't say, well, since you weren't successful, we caught you, you weren't successful, so we just let you go and forget it.

No, we have an obligation given to us by the Constitution. I know it's one that the American people want us to uphold, and we are going to do the work before us. The fact that...the president got caught in the act does not relieve him of being held accountable for the wrongdoing that he has engaged in.

Not a single witness called before the House intelligence committee could say with first-hand knowledge that President Trump conditioned U.S. military aid to Ukraine on the investigations he wanted Ukraine to conduct.

Demmings said when she worked as a law enforcement officer, "I never took a poll before I lived up to my responsibilities based on the oath that I took. I have been extremely troubled and disappointed by the behavior of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, many of them I worked on committees with, I worked on others legislation with. I know them. I have the utmost respect for them.

"But their refusal to hold this president accountable and to clearly go into their partisan corner and protect this president at any and all cause is troubling to me and I believe is troubling to the American people."

Starting later today, the House intelligence committee will begin the process of turning over its findings to the House Judiciary Committee, which is expected to draw up articles of impeachment quickly after receiving the intelligence committee's report.

On Wednesday, the Judiciary Committee will call four witnesses, still unnamed, to give the legal basis for impeaching a president. Three of the four witnesses are expected to argue that there is legal justification for impeaching Trump.


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