A Democrat in the House has changed her mind on the impeachment probe of President Donald Trump and does not want to see him removed from office.
Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Mich., spoke with Michigan radio host Charlie LeDuff and said she can't "see the value" in removing Trump from office — particularly with an election less than a year away.
"We are so close to an election," Lawrence said during the Sunday interview. "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 oath of office of a 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."
Lawrence said she supports censuring Trump, who is the subject of an impeachment investigation over claims that he used his office to coerce Ukraine to investigate his 2020 rival and former Vice President Joe Biden.
"I want him censured. 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," she said.
"I am a Democrat, but I am an independent United States of America citizen."
The House Intelligence Committee has interviewed several witnesses as part of its impeachment probe in both public and closed-door sessions. Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Monday a report on the panel's findings will come "soon after Congress returns from the Thanksgiving recess."
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