Regarding impeachment talk, Cleaver says, 'Let's step back.'

Bill Grady
August 23, 2018 - 5:43 am

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY

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Missouri's Emanuel Cleaver is not joining his Democrat colleagues in Congress who are calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

The 5th District Representative spoke to KMBZ News on the heels of the president's lawyer, Michael Cohen, pleading guilty Tuesday to eight criminal charges, including campaign-finance violations.

Cleaver said talking about a possible impeachment this early in the process could be damaging. Even though the country has survived difficult times before, Cleaver said the country is already deeply divided, heading into the November midterm elections. 

"There's about 34 percent of the people who are not going to be impacted by anything that just happens," Cleaver said, "I think a lot of people may get so frustrated with government, period, they begin to bail."

The big winner in the Cohen guilty pleas is Vladimir Putin, whose end game is to use anything he can to pit Americans against one another, Cleaver said.

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