Two first-term Black members of Congress said on Sunday that it’s “premature” to impeach President Donald Trump, just days after a fellow freshman lawmaker from Detroit vowed to go after the “motherf***er.”
Democratic Reps. Jahana Hayes of Connecticut and Texas’ Colin Allred, appearing on CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” said it was too early for their party, which regained control of the House of Representative on Thursday after eight years in the wilderness, to pursue impeachment.
They were part of a panel of four incoming House freshmen who were asked a range of questions, from the government shutdown to impeachment, on the Sunday morning political talk show.
“It’s absolutely premature,” Allred said. “This is way too early to be talking about this. We need to let the [Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s] investigation run its course. And I just think that it’s- it’s also something that can be used as a partisan lightning rod that we need to try to avoid.”
“The gravity of that word (impeach) is too big and too important to just throw it around,” she said.
This comes against the backdrop of Michigan’s RashidaTlaib, who replaced longtime Rep. John Conyers, ignited controversy Thursday night when she addressed a group of progressive Democrats. She vowed to “go in there and impeach the motherf***er.”
Hayes and Allred are falling in line with the thinking of senior Black Democrats in the House.
In November, Maryland’s Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings who now chairs the powerful House Oversight Committee said he planned to use his subpoena powers evenhandedly against Trump.
“I’m not going to be handing out subpoenas like somebody’s handing out candy on Halloween. If I have to use them, they will be used in a methodical way,” Cummings told host George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week,” adding that his focus is on the public interest.
Hayes and Allred are two of the newest members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) who were sworn-in at a ceremony in Washington D.C. on Thursday.
“Impeachment is not going to be top on our agenda,” the California congresswoman said during a brief phone conversation. “It doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen. But at this point in time, we really think that some of the things our community needs are way more important than us going after impeachment now.”
“We have so much to do, given the last two years of this administration,” she said. “There has been no accountability, where we see him systematically go after gains our community achieved decades ago.”