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'New Yorker' Columnist: 'Absolutely Terrifying' to Think 'Reasonable People Can Disagree' About Impeaching Trump

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Posted: Dec 16, 2019 12:50 PM

The New Yorker Columnist Masha Gessen said on Sunday it was terrifying to think how "reasonable people" can be against impeaching President Trump after all of the inquiry hearings.

"You know, what worries me the most, actually, is that I think that since about a week ago when we saw the legal experts testifying in Congress, I think we’ve been in new territory, which is the sense that reasonable people can disagree about whether he should be impeached," Gessen said on CNN's "Reliable Sources."

"I think this was Turley's testimony in the Judiciary Committee. But I find it absolutely terrifying. Right? And I see that Trump is positioning himself to the sort of — to the fringes," she continued. "But you don’t have to believe Trump’s tweets in order to be a reasonable person who thinks that maybe we shouldn’t have rushed with impeachment. Maybe we should have heard witnesses, you know who are stonewalling, who had firsthand knowledge, et cetera. I think this is absolutely terrifying. I think we’re going to be seeing more of that kind of morass."

The House Judiciary Committee voted to approve the two articles of impeachment, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, to be sent to the full House in a party line vote. The House is expected to vote on impeachment on Wednesday.

Rep. Jeff Van Drew, who is currently a Democrat from New Jersey, revealed that due to his opposition to the impeachment process and lack of conclusive evidence, he will become a Republican. As a result of him switching parties, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) called Van Drew a "rat" and a "traitor."