DNC Chair Perez: 'I Am Not Talking About Impeachment'

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Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said on Nov. 12 that impeaching President Donald Trump is not on his party's agenda.

Perez made the statement during an appearance on the Sunday morning news show "This Week," according to The Hill.

it was in response to a question about a $10 million ad campaign by Democratic Party donor Tom Steyer that calls for Trump's impeachment. 

Perez said Steyer can do "whatever he feels he needs to do," but "I am not talking about impeachment." 

Despite frequent calls for impeachment from the Democratic Party base and among some of its congressional members, party leaders have been careful to downplay the matter.

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For example, Rep. Adam B. Schiff, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said in May: "No one ought to, in my view, rush to embrace the most extraordinary remedy that involves the removal of the president from office," according to The New York Times.

On Nov. 5, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi expressed the same opinion in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union," saying that impeachment "is not someplace I think we should go."

Perez pointed to nationwide Democratic victories in state elections on Nov. 7 as proof that Trump could be defeated at the ballot box. 

Democratic Party candidates won the governor races in New Jersey and Virginia, and cut into Republican majorities in state legislatures.

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"I think what we learned last Tuesday, and what we learned in the months before last Tuesday, is Democrats can compete and win everywhere. That's what we showed last week not just in New Jersey and Virginia but in mayor's races and state senate races," Perez said.

However, there are still some holdouts on the impeachment issue.

In a speech on Nov. 8, Rep. Al Green of Texas promised to force a House floor vote to impeach President Trump before Christmas, The Hill reported.

"I now announce that before Christmas, there will be a vote on the chief inciter of racism, bigotry, hatred, xenophobia, sexism, ethnocentrism," said Green, referring to Trump. "There will be a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on the impeachment of the president." 

Getting a sitting president out of office through impeachment proceedings would be a historical first, Daily Mail observes. Only Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton have been impeached by the House of Representatives; in both cases, the Senate did not vote to remove them from office. 

Sources: The Hill (2), The New York Times, Daily Mail, CNN/YouTube / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia CommonsGage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons​​

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