Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that Democrats would not stop pushing for impeachment even if President Donald Trump wins re-election.
In an interview with TMZ, Bass was asked by Harvey Levin whether Democrats would “take a second bite at the apple” if Trump wins next November but Democrats gain control of the Senate.
“There’s no such thing, really, as double jeopardy in an impeachment trial because it’s political,” Levin said. “Suppose he gets re-elected… and you win back the Senate in a big way. If you did that, would you be inclined to take a second bite at the apple and reintroduce the exact same impeachment articles and then send it through again a second if you have a Democratic Senate on your side?”
Bass said she and her colleagues would likely try again.
“So, you know, yes, but I don’t think it would be exactly the same and here’s why,” Bass responded, “because even though we are impeaching him now, there’s still a number of court cases, there’s a ton of information that could come forward. For example, we could get his bank records and find out that he’s owned 100 percent by the Russians.”
She added, “You are absolutely right in your scenario, but the only thing I would say slightly different is, it might not be the same articles of impeachment because the odds are we would have a ton more information, and then the odds of that, sadly enough, is that, you know, he probably has other examples of criminal behavior.”
Rep. Karen Bass Says House Open to Impeaching Trump Again if He Wins 2020 pic.twitter.com/INDb5QpsM3
— TMZ (@TMZ) December 11, 2019
Earlier in the day, House Democrats announced two articles of impeachment against Trump related to the Ukraine controversy—one accusing him of abuse of power and another charging him with obstruction of Congress.
Bass has supported Trump’s impeachment since the beginning of Trump’s term. She was one of the 58 Democrats who voted to advance impeachment in 2017.
Bass’s comments drew plenty of criticism from Republicans, many of whom said that they prove the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry is all about politics.
Because of course she is. This has been and will continue to be their only plan through 2024. The American people see through this nonsense.
Democrat Karen Bass says she’s open to impeach Trump again if he gets reelected in 2020 | Fox News https://t.co/bSUSBekH6K
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) December 11, 2019
Democrats concede that #impeachment will never end.
They now admit there may be another impeachment attempt against President Trump once he is re-elected.
This partisan sham has to stop.https://t.co/VGea023yId
— Oversight Committee Republicans (@GOPoversight) December 11, 2019
The Democrats’ harassment of @realDonaldTrump won’t end until the day he leaves office.
We now have multiple Democrats—publicly—talking about their next impeachment coup.
Americans deserve so much better than this partisan, vindictive charade. https://t.co/vcwcS7sdo3
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) December 11, 2019
Bass is not the only Democrat who thinks that President Trump should be impeached again. Neal Katyal, a former acting solicitor general under Barack Obama, said “double jeopardy protections do not apply” to impeachment.
Impt note on future: If the Senate doesn’t vote to convict Trump, or tries to monkey w his trial, he could of course be retried in the new Senate should he win re-election. Double jeopardy protections do not apply. And senators voting on impeachment in the next months know this.
— Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) December 5, 2019
Republicans currently control the Senate with a 53-47 majority. Given a two-thirds vote is necessary to convict the president, it’s unlikely Democrats would be able to remove Trump from office next year even if they impeach him in the House.