McConnell: ‘We Must Censure The President’

McConnell: ‘Have to do it’

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Congress has little choice but to censure President Donald Trump for accusing his predecessor, without evidence, of conducting surveillance on him during the 2016 campaign.

“There has never been a greater debasement of the presidency than what we have seen in the last two weeks,” said McConnell, who as recently as this weekend joined President Trump at a campaign-style rally in Louisville, Ky. “For one president to accuse another of what amounts to a criminal act, and to do so even though all of the country’s considerable intelligence resources are at his fingertips, is to perpetrate one of the greatest violations of our nation’s trust we have ever seen.”

Historic moment

McConnell said the seriousness of Trump’s actions leave no option but for Congress to censure him. “Is it unprecedented? Yes. Do I say this with a heavy heart? Yes. But our country is more important than partisan politics and so the Congress, as a body, must act. We must censure our president.”

Should Congress do that, it would be the first time in the country’s history that Congress has censured the president. Hearings were held to impeach President Richard Nixon in 1974 but the President resigned before he was impeached, and Bill Clinton in 1998 was impeached but not convicted for lying about his relations with an intern, but no president has been censured.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) agreed censure of President Trump is necessary. “I wish it weren’t the case, but the facts are what they are,” he said. “The President falsely accused another president of acting criminally even though the President had the facts available to him. Therefore we can only conclude that he levied the charge either knowing it was false or without first trying to find out if it was false. Either way, it dishonors our past president and therefore it dishonors the United States.

Both Houses of Congress are scheduled to vote on the resolution to censure the President this morning.

In other news, President Trump admits he didn’t shake hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel because “she has cooties,” Rep. Trey Gawdy (R-S.C.), the tough former prosecutor who investigated the Benghazi affair, said he thinks of himself as “pretty badass,” and Kellyanne Conway, one of Trump’s top counselors and a frequent spokesperson for the President, says she’s not related to Roy Cohn even though they both have the sunken look under their eyes of a cadaver. Cohn was the top counselor to Sen. Joe McCarthy (R-Wis.), the notorious red-baiter who, until Trump, was considered the most evil man in American politics.

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