Rep. Slotkin: Important for Public to Believe That Impeachment Is 'Not About Some Political Grudge'

By Susan Jones | October 10, 2019 | 7:52am EDT
Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) has endorsed the impeachment of Donald Trump. (Photo: Screen capture)

( - Freshman Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) says it's important that the impeachment process be "objective."

Slotkin got a mixed reaction, boos and cheers, from her constituents this week, when she mentioned the op-ed she signed with six other freshmen Democrats calling for Trump's impeachment.

In an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo Wednesday night, Slotkin said she's okay with the House launching a formal impeachment as long as the process is "objective."

I mean, I think it's important that the process is objective. I think it is important, and I've expressed this to other fellow members in the House in the past couple of weeks. I think it is important that we actually look at the facts and that we answer to the public that wants to understand what is happening.

It can't be a Washington conversation. This is a big deal to take the country through this. So it's got to be we bring the public along. And so for me, it is important that we do everything we can to demonstrate to people that it's about the facts and objectivity and not about some political, you know, grudge.

Slotkin said she's "not against" having the full House vote for a formal impeachment process, although she called it a "delay tactic":

I mean, I think it's a delay tactic, but I don't think the House of Representatives would have a problem passing a vote.

I think some of what happened in the past couple of weeks was a bunch of folks coming out who hadn't come out before, like myself, saying they would support an impeachment inquiry because of that very basic idea of the president reaching out to a foreigner and asking for information on an American citizen.

So I don't think a vote is a hard thing to do. I think it's a delay tactic. But if they need to have it, I'm not against it.

President Trump says he will not cooperate with the informal "impeachment inquiry" that is now being led by House intelligence committee chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).

On Wednesday, Trump was asked if he would cooperate with the full House if it formally votes to open impeachment proceedings, something House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has so far resisted.

Trump said he might cooperate, "If the rules are fair" and "if Republicans get a fair shake," meaning if they can subpoena witnesses and be part of the process. Trump objects to "crooked" Adam Schiff leading the current "inquiry."


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