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.”

    An award-winning political journalist with more than 25 years' experience in the news business, John L. Micek is The Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. Before joining The Capital-Star, Micek spent six years as Opinion Editor at PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., where he helped shape and lead a multiple-award-winning Opinion section for one of Pennsylvania's most-visited news websites. Prior to that, he spent 13 years covering Pennsylvania government and politics for The Morning Call of Allentown, Pa. His career has also included stints covering Congress, Chicago City Hall and more municipal meetings than he could ever count, Micek contributes regular analysis and commentary to a host of broadcast outlets, including CTV-News in Canada and talkRadio in London, U.K., as well as "Face the State" on CBS-21 in Harrisburg, Pa.; "Pennsylvania Newsmakers" on WGAL-8 in Lancaster, Pa., and the Pennsylvania Cable Network. His weekly column on American politics is syndicated nationwide to more than 800 newspapers by Cagle Syndicate.

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