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Here’s what Southern California members of Congress said about Donald Trump, Robert Mueller and Russia

By in Press Enterprise on January 11, 2018

By Jeff Horseman, Martin Wisckol, Kevin Modesti

For several Democrats representing Southern California in Congress, the case for impeaching President Donald Trump already exists.

Other Democrats aren’t quite there, preferring to wait for the final report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller. And at least one Southern California Republican is more concerned about Mueller than he is about the president.

A Southern California News Group survey of the region’s House delegation found diverse answers, mainly split along party lines, to questions about the Mueller probe, Trump’s fitness for office and the extent to which Russian meddling influenced the 2016 presidential election.

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In all, 18 representatives – 13 Democrats and five Republicans – responded to reporters’ emailed questions. A sixth Republican, Costa Mesa’s Dana Rohrabacher, declined – through a spokesman – to comment, saying the questions would require speculation. However, he has been critical of Mueller’s investigation.

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Reps. Nanette Barragan, D-San Pedro; Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks; Grace Napolitano, D-Norwalk and Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, said they support impeaching Trump now.

Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Norwalk.

“We need not wait until all the various investigations give us a complete catalog of all of Trump’s wrongdoing,” said Sherman, who in July filed articles of impeachment.

By contrast, Democrats including Pete Aguilar of Redlands; Tony Cardenas of Panorama City; Judy Chu of Pasadena; Lou Correa of Santa Ana; Ted Lieu of Torrance; Alan Lowenthal of Long Beach; Raul Ruiz of La Quinta and Mark Takano of Riverside want to wait until investigations wrap up before deciding on impeachment.

“Impeachment is a remedy that the Founding Fathers created to protect our democracy for use only in the […]    

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