House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer has come out and stated that President Donald Trump likely broke the law with his phone call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and asked him to find votes for him. He also said that the House is considering censuring the president over the ordeal.
“This president is out of control,” the Maryland Democrat told the press on Tuesday. “This president has no respect for democracy. This president is acting in a way that no other president has acted, period.”
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Hoyer said Trump’s Saturday phone call pressuring Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to find votes in his favor “may well be a violation of criminal law, both from a state and a federal perspective,” that authorities and Congress should consider.
“I think it will be subject to discussion,” Hoyer said when asked about how Congress would respond. “I haven’t seen it, but I believe that there are members talking about some type of censure resolution.”
Dozens of House Democrats have signed on to a censure resolution drafted by Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia.
As of right now, Democratic leadership has not scheduled a vote on the measure.
The resolution itself says that Trump’s call to the secretary of state was an attempt to overturn the results of the election and thus the president abused the power of his office.
Hey. That’s funny. It seems that Joe Biden, during his time as vice president, abused his authority politically to get someone fired for investigating shady, corrupt business practices being carried out by his son.
Funny how Democrats weren’t trying to hold Biden accountable for his abuse of power at the time, isn’t it?
“If that is found to have been a criminal attempt to entice, encourage, or threaten somebody to take actions, which are illegal themselves, then I think that there may well be liability on behalf of the president of the United States, which from my standpoint is not surprising,” Hoyer stated. “So that I think both from Congress’s standpoint and from a legal perspective, the authorities ought to be looking at this very seriously, both federal and state authorities.”