Tlaib blasts arrests of pro-impeachment protesters on Capitol Hill

Tlaib blasts arrests of pro-impeachment protesters on Capitol Hill
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Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHillicon Valley: Hacker group targeted electric grid | House Democrats press CBP over facial recognition program | Senators offer bill to protect health data | Groups file FCC complaint over carriers' use of location data Hillicon Valley: Hacker group targeted electric grid | House Democrats press CBP over facial recognition program | Senators offer bill to protect health data | Groups file FCC complaint over carriers' use of location data House Democrats question DHS over using facial recognition tech on US citizens MORE (D-Mich.) on Tuesday criticized the arrests of protesters on Capitol Hill who called on lawmakers to start impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Trump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment MORE.
 
Eight individuals were arrested by the Capitol Police in the Cannon House Office Building on Tuesday morning and charged with crowding, obstructing or incommoding, a Capitol Police spokeswoman told The Hill.
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Tlaib, who has been one of the most vocal liberals pushing for Trump's impeachment, responded to a tweet from By the People, an activist group calling for impeachment that organized the protests. The freshman congresswoman called the arrests "ridiculous."
 
"This is ridiculous. This is the people's House and they have every right to demand accountability of this lawless President," Tlaib tweeted.
"This is how we take back our democracy. When the people lead, Congress and those in power will follow. Today, I uplift the brave fighters who are demanding accountability of this lawless President. Our future and country depend on it," Tlaib added in another tweet along with the hashtag #TimetoImpeach.
 
The protests come after a coalition of liberal activist groups held a rally with Tlaib and Rep. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenCongress should make Interior's Bernhardt 'manage the land to stop climate change' The Pentagon emits more greenhouse gases than Sweden: study The Pentagon emits more greenhouse gases than Sweden: study MORE (D-Texas) outside the Capitol last Thursday to highlight a petition with more than 10 million signatures calling for Congress to start impeachment proceedings.
 
"We are a part of the millions of Americans who support impeachment. Trump can and will only be impeached by the people. The political establishment - from both parties want to wait out the clock. They put party before country, and political calculations over their oaths of office. Today we say no more, Congress you are on notice - it is #TimeToImpeach,” Alexandra Flores-Quilty, an organizer with By the People, said in a statement.
 
Tlaib introduced a resolution in late March calling on the House Judiciary Committee to inquire whether the chamber should impeach Trump.
 
It currently has seven co-sponsors, most of whom signed on following the release of a partially redacted version of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE's report on Russia's election interference and whether Trump obstructed justice over the course of the investigation.
 
Cosponsors of Tlaib's resolution include Green and fellow liberal freshman Democratic Reps. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar blasts Trump's comment about accepting foreign campaign dirt as 'un-American' Omar blasts Trump's comment about accepting foreign campaign dirt as 'un-American' Hillicon Valley: Hacker group targeted electric grid | House Democrats press CBP over facial recognition program | Senators offer bill to protect health data | Groups file FCC complaint over carriers' use of location data MORE (Minn.), Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment Trump cites Ocasio-Cortez to defend himself against impeachment MORE (N.Y.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyCruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control access face major obstacles Ocasio-Cortez shares verse by the 'Congressional Destiny's Child' in promotion of new birth control legislation Ocasio-Cortez shares verse by the 'Congressional Destiny's Child' in promotion of new birth control legislation MORE (Mass.).
 
Tlaib has long supported impeaching Trump, including on her first day in office in January when she rallied a crowd by saying "we’re going to impeach the motherf---er.”
 
But Democratic leaders have been reluctant to pursue impeachment and have instead sought to continue aggressively investigating the Trump administration.
 
When asked last week about Democratic leaders' continued resistance to impeachment, Tlaib replied by referencing last week's petition: "Getting 10 million signatures makes me feel like I'm the right side of history." 
 
Tlaib, one of the first Muslim women and the first Palestinian American woman elected to Congress, has also been under scrutiny in recent days for invoking the Holocaust while discussing the Palestinian role in the founding of Israel.
 
President Trump and House Republicans have accused Tlaib of making anti-Semitic remarks, while Democrats defended her by saying her words were taken out of context.
 
"There’s always kind of a calming feeling, I tell folks, when I think of the Holocaust, and the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the fact that it was my ancestors — Palestinians — who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity, their existence in many ways, have been wiped out, and some people’s passports," Tlaib said in an interview with Yahoo News's "Skullduggery" podcast.
 
"And just all of it was in the name of trying to create a safe haven for Jews, post-the Holocaust, post-the tragedy and the horrific persecution of Jews across the world at that time," Tlaib added. "And I love the fact that it was my ancestors that provided that, right, in many ways. But they did it in a way that took their human dignity away, and it was forced on them."