Jerry Nadler Explains Why Democrats Were Unable to Wait to Impeach Trump

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Posted: Jan 15, 2020 1:30 PM
Jerry Nadler Explains Why Democrats Were Unable to Wait to Impeach Trump

Source: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, reiterated during a press conference on Wednesday the reason why Democrats rushed to impeach President Trump was because he is trying to rig the upcoming presidential election. 

"There is an overwhelming case beyond any reasonable doubt that the president betrayed the country by withholding federal funds appropriated by Congress, breaking the law in doing so, in order to extort a foreign government into intervening our election to try to embarrass a potential opponent of his. There's overwhelming evidence of that," Nadler explained. 

"We couldn’t wait, because some people said, 'Well, let the election take care of it.' He’s trying to cheat in that election. So it is essential that we bring this impeachment to stop the president from trying to rig — not from trying. He tried — from rigging the next election. From conspiring with a foreign government as the Russian government attempted to rig our last election. The evidence is overwhelming," he said.

Nadler was one of the seven House members named by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to be an impeachment manager now that she is sending the two articles of impeachment, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, over to the Senate after holding on to them for four weeks.

Pelosi said she was withholding them to try to pressure Senate Majority Leader McConnell into ensuring there is a "fair" trial in the upper chamber.

The other impeachment managers include: House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), House Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Rep. Val Demings (D-FL), Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO), and Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-TX).