LOCAL NEWS

WA Rep. Jayapal: President Trump ‘is the smoking gun’ for impeachment

Dec 12, 2019, 11:37 AM | Updated: Dec 17, 2019, 6:52 am
Rep. Pramila Jayapal...
WA Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal. (CSPAN)
(CSPAN)

Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal delivered a fiery address Wednesday as part of the first day of discussions in the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, as Congress drafts articles of impeachment to send on to the Senate.

Jayapal: ‘We’re bending over backward to be fair’ in impeachment

Rep. Jayapal described what she and many Democrats in Congress believe to be a coordinated effort from the White House to obstruct the impeachment process.

“(President Trump’s) obstruction of Congress and blanket directive to deny us even a single witness, a single document, is unprecedented,” she described.

Obstruction is one of the two charges Congress is levying against the president, the other being that he abused the power of his office in order to affect the outcome of the upcoming election.

In terms of proof for the latter charge, Jayapal points directly at the president himself, while outlining concerns that he’s already planning lobbying for foreign interference again.

“The president admitted to his wrongdoing and corrupt intent on national television — the president is the smoking gun,” she pointed out. “President Trump has solicited foreign interference before, he is doing it now, and he will do it again.”

“The smoking gun is already reloaded, and whether or not it gets fired? That’s up to us,” Rep. Jayapal added.

How Washington representatives voted on Trump impeachment

Jayapal’s statement was one of many delivered across a busy session Wednesday, that had the House Judiciary Committee debating well into the night.

Democrats and Republicans delivered sharp, poignant and, at times, personal arguments for and against impeachment. Both sides appealed to Americans’ sense of history — Democrats describing a strong sense of duty to stop what one called the president’s “constitutional crime spree” and Republicans decrying the “hot garbage’’ impeachment and what it means for the future of the country.

Associated Press reporters Mary Clare Jalonick and Lisa Mascaro contributed to this story.

Local News

Interim Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz, unvaccinated officers, seattle police...
Stephanie Klein

Seattle Police Chief asks officers to submit vaccine paperwork

As the Oct. 18 deadline to prove COVID-19 vaccination or risk losing a job looms, Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz sent a heartfelt memo to officers letting them know he doesn't want to lose them.
10 hours ago
handgun...
KIRO Radio Newsdesk

Jail body scanner discovers handgun in folds of woman’s belly

Snohomish County Corrections deputies made an unexpected discovery while booking a 30-year-old woman into jail on Wednesday.
10 hours ago
Boeing...
Stephanie Klein

Boeing employees protest vaccine mandate in Everett

A few dozen people stood in the rain outside the Machinist union hall in Everett on Friday protesting the vaccine mandate Boeing announced this week.
1 day ago
bus, school, dress code, Kent School District...
Stephanie Klein

Seattle Public Schools will suspend 142 bus routes in anticipation of driver shortage

Seattle Public Schools says it has alerted parents that it's suspending school bus service on 142 routes -- or 24% -- due to staffing challenges.
1 day ago
Wallingford...
Nick Bowman

With focus on ‘preservation,’ Wallingford inches closer to historic district designation

A bid to acquire a national historic designation in Seattle's Wallingford neighborhood has continued to make significant progress over the last two years.
1 day ago
Vaccine mandate, Ferguson...
Nick Bowman

Judge denies request to halt vaccine mandate for Washington state employees

A federal judge denied a request on Friday to halt Washington's vaccine mandate for state workers ahead of an Oct. 18 deadline. 
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

...

How to Have a Stress-Free Real Estate Experience

The real estate industry has adapted and sellers are taking full advantage of new real estate models. One of which is Every Door Real Estate.
...
IQ Air

How Poor Air Quality Is Affecting Our Future Athletes

You cannot control your child’s breathing environment 100% of the time, but you can make a huge impact.
...
Swedish Health Services

Special Coverage: National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

There are a wide variety of treatment options available for men with prostate cancer. The most technologically advanced treatment option in the Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform.
...
Marysville Police Department

Police Opportunities in a Growing, Supportive Washington Community

Marysville PD is looking for both lateral and entry level officers. Begin or continue your career in law enforcement for a growing, supportive community.
...
Comcast

Small, Minority-Owned Businesses in King County and Pierce County Can Now Apply For $10,000 Relief Grants Through Comcast RISE

Businesses in King County and Pierce County can apply beginning on October 1, 2021, at www.ComcastRISE.com for a chance to receive a $10,000 relief grant.
Courtesy of JWatch Photography....
Experience Anacortes

Summer Fun Activities in Anacortes

With minimal travel time required and every activity under the sun, Anacortes is the perfect vacation spot for all ages.
WA Rep. Jayapal: President Trump ‘is the smoking gun’ for impeachment