Sen. Harris Indicates She'd Pursue Legal Action Against Trump When He Leaves Office

By Susan Jones | May 29, 2019 | 9:34 AM EDT

A man from Charlotte, N.C. asks Sen. Kamala Harris about prosecuting President Trump when he leaves office. (Photo: Screen capture/MSNBC town hall)

(CNSNews.com) - At a town hall hosted by MSNBC Tuesday night, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) indicated that, as president, she "absolutely" would pursue legal action against Donald Trump when he leaves office.

You know, I've read the Mueller report, and they outline in that report -- and it was a team of some of the best career people in the Department of Justice who were a part of that -- career people who had been in the Department of Justice.

There are at least ten separate instances of obstruction of justice. I am also clear from reading what he wrote in that report that the only reason they did not return an indictment against this president on obstruction of justice is because of an opinion from the Department of Justice that suggests that you cannot indict a sitting president.

But there is no question that the evidence supports a prosecution of that case.

 

Harris advocated "transparency" and "accountability."

"There is a clear track record of this president and members of his administration obstructing, not to mention what we have seen from the current attorney general of the United States...So there is a lot of work to do and I plan on seeing it through."

The entire exchange, including the two-part question from someone in the audience (who said he'd traveled 160 miles to attend the town hall) is printed below:

Question: I'm an American of Cuban descent. My fiancé and I have travelled over 160 miles from Charlotte, North Carolina to hear your passionate view of the American future that will remove the existing embarrassment that's in our executive office and one that we can again be proud of.

My two-part question is this. Do you fully support in undertaking the impeachment process through to its completion, knowing the risks which will impact the 2020 election for all of us involved and the possibility that the Senate will not go along with the impeachment?

The second part of that question is, if you're not successful with the impeachment process, will you continue to pursue legal action against 45 and his Cabinet as well when they leave office for their numerous egregious offenses they have all incurred against the American public, regardless of the time expended in the courts? Thank you.

Harris: Thank you. Thank you, thank you. Thank you. Thank you. And thank you for traveling to be here. I appreciate that. I really do. And we are all part of the American story....S0, yes, I do support and have advocated for us going through the process toward impeachment and seeing that through.

I absolutely do. But you're right to mention the United States Senate, because while I am calling for us to go through that process, I also am fully aware that the Senate in its current configuration -- I doubt very seriously will actually vote to impeach this president, given its current configuration, which is that the majority is run by Republicans who consistently, be it on his wall, be it on the Affordable Care Act, on so many issues, have stood with this president even when what he has done is so clearly and blatantly wrong and in many cases in the worst interests, not the best interests, of their constituents.

But on the issue of impeachment, let's be clear. You know, I've read the Mueller report, and they outline in that report, and it was a team of some of the best career people in the Department of Justice who were a part of that, career people who had been in the Department of Justice. There are at least ten separate instances of obstruction of justice.

I am also clear from reading what he wrote in that report that the only reason they did not return an indictment against this president on obstruction of justice is because of an opinion from the Department of Justice that suggests that you cannot indict a sitting president.

But there is no question that the evidence supports a prosecution of that case. So taking it to the point of your next question, absolutely.

Listen, I believe that there needs to be transparency, there needs to be accountability. There is a clear track record of this president and members of his administration obstructing justice, not to mention what we have seen from the current attorney general of the United States, who I questioned in connection with the Judiciary Committee, who clearly thinks his job is to represent the president and his peculiar interests as opposed to representing the people of the country in which we live.

So there is a lot of work to do and I plan on seeing it through.

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