Sen. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.) on Sunday said Democrats who support impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpLondon mayor says UK is ‘on the wrong side of history’ with Trump visit Hickenlooper booed in San Francisco for denouncing socialism Cuomo calls Trump base ‘mostly middle aged angry white males’ MORE should “buy a spine” and do it.
But he also said they’d regret it, pointing to polls that show a minority of voters back impeachment.
“Impeachment polls right up there with skim milk among the American people. But my advice to my Democratic friends is if you want to do it, go hard or go home,” Kennedy said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “If you want to do it, go to Amazon online, buy a spine and do it. … If you’re not going to do it, then let us get back to work.”
.@SenJohnKennedy tells Democrats to make a decision on impeachment: “Impeachment polls right up there with skim milk with the American people. But my advice to my Democratic friends is, if you want to do it, go hard or go home.” pic.twitter.com/3zKjCjZe5r
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) June 2, 2019
Democrats are coming under rising pressure to consider impeaching Trump.
Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller seeks quiet retreat from public life Democratic lawmaker: ‘The only thing I can get on TV to talk about’ is impeachment Biden campaign: Impeachment ‘may be unavoidable’ now MORE said last week in his first public remarks on his nearly two-year probe that if his office was confident President Trump had not committed a crime, “we would have said so.”
He also said it would not have been possible for his team to bring charges against Trump because of Justice Department guidance that prohibits charging a sitting president.
Kennedy said he wasn’t terribly interested in Mueller’s testimony because the special counsel would likely just point to his report.
The Louisiana senator did echo some other Republicans in offering support for investigating the origins of the probe. He said he wanted to know the effect that investigations of both Trump and his 2016 opponent, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHickenlooper booed in San Francisco for denouncing socialism House Democratic campaign chief defends efforts to keep big tent for party Mueller seeks quiet retreat from public life MORE, had on the election.
He suggested it was possible that a “small handful of people acted on their beliefs” and might have affected the campaign through their investigations.