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Levin sees ‘turning point’ on impeachment

By: - September 24, 2019 12:08 pm

Rep. Andy Levin at “Solidarity Sunday” at the General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant, Sept. 22, 2019 | Andrew Roth

WASHINGTON — As the chorus of U.S. House Democrats calling for President Donald Trump’s impeachment continued to grow on Tuesday, freshman U.S. Rep. Andy Levin said there’s been a “turning point” among his colleagues. 

The Bloomfield Township Democrat called for an impeachment inquiry back in June, but several once-reluctant Michigan lawmakers joined that push this week in the wake of reports that Trump used his position to pressure the president of Ukraine to investigate his political opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden. 

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Now, all seven Michigan Democrats in the U.S. House and U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (I-Cascade Twp.) have said they support an impeachment inquiry. 

“A lot of members who were hesitant before now see a president who is interfering with the next election,” Levin told the Michigan Advance today outside the U.S. Capitol. 

The recent allegations involving Ukraine are “such impeachable offenses,” Levin added. 

And although Levin and his colleagues also have accused Trump of violating the emoluments clause and obstructing justice, the Michigan Democrat said this episode provides more clarity.  

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“In a way, those things were, some of them are hard to understand. Some of them just because of the nature of the way [former special counsel Robert Mueller’s] report was written and Mr. Mueller’s hesitancy to be a strong advocate for his own facts,” he said. 

But now, Levin said, “Here we are with something very in this moment, and very clear, and just such an outrageous violation of our constitutional norms, that I do think it represents a turning point.” 

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has called for a meeting of the Democratic caucus Tuesday afternoon, where lawmakers are expected to discuss their next moves on impeachment proceedings. 

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Robin Bravender
Robin Bravender

Robin Bravender was the States Newsroom Washington Bureau Chief from January 2019 until June 2020. She coordinated the network’s national coverage and reported on states’ congressional delegations, federal agencies, the White House and the federal courts. Prior to that, Robin was an editor and reporter at E&E News, a reporter at Politico, and a freelance producer for Reuters TV.