Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanMinnesota AG Keith Ellison says racism is a bigger problem than police behavior; 21 states see uptick in cases amid efforts to reopen Congress must fill the leadership void Pelosi pushes to unite party on coronavirus bill despite grumbling from left MORE (D-Ohio) said Tuesday that Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Pelosi: Georgia primary ‘disgrace’ could preview an election debacle in November MORE (D-Calif.) is balancing competing interests among House Democrats on whether to impeach President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE.
“She’s juggling a caucus that’s divided,” said Ryan while reiterating his own support for impeachment. “I personally think that the president has committed crimes and I don’t think he’s above the law.”
“She’s got to juggle the interests of the caucus and it’s not easy because there are people in our caucus that don’t want to go down the road of impeachment, and that makes it difficult for her as a leader,” he added.
Ryan unsuccessfully challenged Pelosi for the House Democratic leader post in 2016.
2020 Democratic candidate Tim Ryan on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi facing pressure on starting impeachment proceedings: “She’s juggling a caucus that’s divided. I personally think that the President has committed crimes and I don’t think he’s above the law” https://t.co/lwQSA0sGyg pic.twitter.com/HweuiiCso1
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Ryan, who is among two dozen candidates vying for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, first called for impeachment proceedings against Trump earlier this month.
“When you think that the President has committed comes – and I’ve read the Mueller report and think he obstructed (justice) on multiple occasions – we have a responsibility,” he said during a CNN town hall, citing a press conference by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN’s Toobin warns McCabe is in ‘perilous condition’ with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill’s 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE.
He is among 62 House Democrats who have called for an impeachment inquiry. Pelosi has resisted those calls for impeachment.
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