Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Mich., on Tuesday clarified that she is still backing the House impeachment inquiry after saying last weekend that she’d rather censure President Donald Trump.
"I was an early supporter for impeachment in 2017," Lawrence said in a statement, according to CNN. "The House Intelligence Committee followed a very thorough process in holding hearings these past two weeks. The information they revealed confirmed that this President has abused the power of his office, therefore I continue to support impeachment. However, I am very concerned about Senate Republicans and the fact that they would find this behavior by the President acceptable."
The congresswoman said in an interview last Sunday: “We're so close to an election. I will tell you, sitting here knowing how divided this country is, I don't see the value of taking him out of office, but I do see the value of putting down a marker saying his behavior is not acceptable. It's in violation of the office and the oath of office of President of the United States, and we have to be clear that you cannot use your power of the presidency to withhold funds to get a foreign country to investigate an American citizen for your own personal gain. There's no way around that."
"I want him censured,” She added later, after saying “yes” when asked if she thought it was “unwise” to remove Trump from office. “I want it on the record that the House of Representatives did their job and they told this president and any president coming behind him that this is unacceptable behavior and under our Constitution, we will not allow it."
Lawrence’s comments were quickly used by opponents of the inquiry to argue that Democratic support for impeachment is wavering.
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