Pa. U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean joins chorus of House Dems calling for impeachment

    U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-4th District, on 'Meet the Press with Chuck Todd,' on Thursday, 4/18/19 (screen capture)

    You can add U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean to the roster of House Democrats who say it’s time to open an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

    On Tuesday, Dean, a freshman from Montgomery County’s 4th District, said that “given countless opportunities to work with Congress” that have been stymied, lawmakers have “no choice” but to begin impeachment proceedings.

    Trump and his administration have “obstructed justice over and over again,” Dean said, adding she takes “no pleasure in calling for this historic action, and yet I do so with an American sense of optimism — that our government of, by, and for the people is far stronger than a singularly amoral president.”

    Pa. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon calls for Trump impeachment inquiry

    Dean joins fellow Pennsylvania Democratic U.S. Reps. Mary Gay Scanlon, D-5th District, and Dwight Evans, D-3rd District, in calling for impeachment proceedings. Dean, like Scanlon, is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and would play a role in those proceedings.

    Here’s the full text of Dean’s statement:

    “Given countless opportunities to work with Congress — a co-equal branch of government responsible for oversight on behalf of the American people — to get to the truth, President Trump and his Administration have obstructed justice over and over again, leaving us no choice: We must open an impeachment inquiry into the President of the United States.

    “The President’s outrageous disregard for the law – his cruel and constant corruption – cannot go unanswered.  It will not go unanswered. The American people deserve the truth on the President’s ongoing obstruction of justice, corruption, and abuses of power. It is the right time for the committee to launch a formal impeachment inquiry – in parallel with ongoing oversight – to give that to them.”

    “I take no pleasure in calling for this historic action, and yet I do so with an American sense of optimism — that our government of, by, and for the people is far stronger than a singularly amoral president.”

    John L. Micek
    John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. He's been covering Pennsylvania politics for more than 20 years and most recently served as Opinion Editor at PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. Micek's commentary is syndicated to more than 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. And he's a regular contributor to a host of broadcast outlets in Pennsylvania and abroad.

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