Sen. Kennedy: If Dems Want to Impeach, 'Go to Amazon Online, Buy a Spine, and Do It'

By Susan Jones | June 3, 2019 | 7:18am EDT
Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) (Photo by Tom Williams/Getty Images)

( - Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) told CBS's "Face the Nation" he is confident that President Trump did not commit a crime.

And he had some advice for Democrats who believe Trump did commit a crime:

"The next step in this, Margaret, my Democratic friends have got to make a decision on impeachment," Kennedy told host Margaret Brennan:

"Now, I think impeachment will be a Sisyphean task. It'll be tough going in the Senate. Impeachment polls right up there with skim milk among the American people.

“But my advice to my Democratic friends is, if you want to do it, go hard or go home. You know, if you want to do it, go to Amazon, online, buy a spine and do it. But go hard or go home. If you're not going to do it, then let us get back to work. I hate to waste a year-and-a-half.”

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House intelligence committee, told  ABC's "This Week" that Democrats will do "what's right for the country."

But Schiff said neither he nor Speaker Nancy Pelosi have decided whether impeachment is the right move, since it would be doomed in the Senate:

"Now that calculus may change if the president continues to stonewall, if the president continues to demonstrate his unfitness for office. There may be little additional cost to going through that process," Schiff said.

"It is in a way, even if unsuccessful in the Senate, the ultimate form of censure in the House. But we're not there yet, and I think if it is a close call, close calls go against putting the country through that. We have an important legislative agenda to try to advance, we have important oversight work we can do outside the context of impeachment, and I think at this point that is still the preferred course."

Sen. Kennedy, unlike Schiff, said he supports Attorney General William Barr's investigation into the origins of the FBI's Trump-Russia investigation:

And let's look at the facts. Forget the spin. In the 2016 election, the FBI, maybe the CIA, and the Department of Justice decided to investigate both presidential candidates, Secretary Clinton, and then -- then nominee President Trump.

Now, that's pretty breathtaking. And, arguably, those investigations had an impact on the election. I don't know whether they did or did not. I don't know how you'd prove it, but that's a pretty serious step by the FBI and the Justice Department. I would like to know why they did it.

I do believe there were some people, small handful of people, at those agencies that acted on their political beliefs, either for Trump or for Clinton, or against Trump or against Clinton. And I don't want to see it happen again. I don't see the harm in looking at the facts.

And, in fact, I have asked the president to look for every document at the FBI and Justice Department pertaining to the 2016 election and the investigations, properly redact them, and let the American people see them.

The American people will figure it out, if you let them see the facts.

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