Tlaib: Impeachment not about the 2020 election

Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibMichigan city declines to renew contract with ICE to hold detainees Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Israel should resist Trump's efforts to politicize support MORE (D-Mich.) argued Sunday that the debate over whether to impeach President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? MORE should be about public trust – not the 2020 election.

Speaking on “Meet the Press,” Tlaib said Democrats need to begin impeachment proceedings because the White House is hindering them from conducting probes and doing their jobs.


"This is not about the 2020 election, it’s about doing what's right now for our country," she said.

"For me, to fight back against Big Pharma, for many of my colleagues that came there to pass really important reforms that are needed, we can't do it when the president of the United States continues to lie to the American people, continues to not follow through on subpoenas and give us the information that we need."

Impeachment talk has been heating up in recent days after Trump walked out of an infrastructure meeting with House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMoulton drops out of presidential race after struggling to gain traction Conservatives push Trump tariff relief over payroll tax cuts Democrats press FBI, DHS on response to white supremacist violence MORE (D-Calif.), who said she thinks the president is “crying out” for impeachment.

While some House Democrats have upped the pressure on Pelosi, others have maintained their stance that lawmakers are not yet in a position to impeach.

“I think it is moving toward that," Tlaib said Sunday of impeachment. "It’s going to demand that.“

Tlaib, who famously called on her colleagues to “impeach the motherf—er” in January, pushed back against some Democrats who say the party should focus on winning in 2020 rather than impeachment.

“The public’s trust is at stake,” she said Sunday. “We need to stop separating the fact that we’re trying to change peoples’ lives for the better, but we have an administration that continues to violate the United States Constitution.”