Democratic Congresswoman Warns Against Premature Impeachment Talk

Democratic Congresswoman Warns Against Premature Impeachment Talk

Many Democrats want 2018 to be the year of President Donald Trump’s impeachment, and the sooner the better. But as “Fire and Fury” author Michael Wolff travels the TV circuit preaching White House incompetence and billionaire Democrat donor Tom Steyer spends tens of millions to push impeachment, Democratic Rep. Cheri Bustos is saying to slow down.

“I was very disappointed that it got to the point where we had to vote on impeaching the president at a time where we’ve got an investigation going on,” Bustos said on a January 8 podcast. “Just let that play out see where it leads. The truth comes out in the end.”

Bustos, who has represented Illinois’ 17th Congressional District since 2013, spoke on “The Axe Files,” a podcast hosted by former Obama advisor David Axelrod.


Texas Rep. Al Green, a Democrat, forced a vote to impeach Trump on December 6. It failed overwhelmingly.

“The impeachment vote we had to take a couple weeks ago, I think that was a terrible plan to do that,” Bustos said. “I expressed that to Al Green, the one who forced us to vote on that.”

The congresswoman’s rural district went for Trump in the 2016 presidential election. However, Bustos beat her Republican opponent by 20 points during the last election cycle.

“In my district, Donald Trump is not as underwater, not as damaged as he is in some of the other districts,” she said. “People are still willing to give him a shot. I see my job as working hard and fighting to get something done. The only way I can get something done is working across the aisle. … I can’t do it with a 24-vote deficit. No Democrat can.”

Evie Fordham is a North Carolina native who left her home state (and its abundance of sweet tea!) to live in northern Virginia while studying at Patrick Henry College, where she is a Political Journalism major. She has written for publications including The Raleigh News & Observer, The N'West Iowa Review, and Christ and Pop Culture.
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