Dem: Trump presidency 'very serious security threat' for US

Rep. John GaramendiJohn Raymond GaramendiOvernight Defense: VA pick breezes through confirmation hearing | House votes to move on defense bill negotiations | Senate bill would set 'stringent' oversight on North Korea talks Overnight Defense: Latest on scrapped Korea summit | North Korea still open to talks | Pentagon says no change in military posture | House passes 6B defense bill | Senate version advances House easily passes 7B defense authorization bill MORE (D-Calif.) said Friday that he's "had it" with President TrumpDonald John TrumpReporters defend CNN's Acosta after White House says he 'disrespected' Trump with question Security costs of Trump visit to Scotland sparks outrage among Scottish citizens Ex-CIA officer: Prosecution of Russians indicted for DNC hack 'ain't ever going to happen' MORE, saying his presidency has become a "very serious security threat" for the country.

“This presidency is a very serious security threat for the United States,” Garamendi said during an interview on CNN's "The Situation Room."

"I ought to say, it’s time to get this guy out of there.”

Anchor Wolf Blitzer noted that Garamendi was using "strong words" to describe the president.

“I’ve had it with this president," the California Democrat responded.


Garamendi noted an assertion from federal regulators that Russia had successfully breached some corporate systems at power plants on the U.S. power grid in 2017, though officials said that no security or safety systems were compromised.

He was also reacting to a claim from the lawyer of adult-film star Stormy Daniels that his client had been physically threatened over her allegations of an affair with Trump.

Asked if he would support articles of impeachment, Garamendi said he would “if [Trump] hasn’t done what he can do to protect the very essential elements of this nation.”

Fifty-eight Democrats voted in December to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump, a move that has yet to gain support among Democratic leadership. 

House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiTop Democrats request meeting with intel chief over sharing of classified info Overnight Defense: Fears rise over Trump-Putin summit | McCain presses Trump to hold Putin 'accountable' for hacking | Pentagon does damage control after NATO meet 'Our Cartoon President' takes on Mueller probe, NATO and Melania in second season MORE (D-Calif.) and House Minority Whip Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerPelosi wants party leadership elections post-Thanksgiving The Hill's Morning Report — Trump denigrates NATO allies, floats 4 percent solution Dems struggle with unity amid leadership tensions MORE (D-Md.) said in December that "now is not the time" to consider an impeachment effort.

"Right now, Congressional committees continue to be deeply engaged in investigations into the President’s actions both before and after his inauguration. The special counsel’s investigation is moving forward as well, and those inquiries should be allowed to continue."

"Now is not the time to consider articles of impeachment," they wrote.