Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar suggested that Democrats should handle President Trump’s impeachment in the same way prosecutors took down mob bosses such as Al Capone.
During an interview on MSNBC, Omar, 38, warned Democrats against including issues beyond the Ukraine situation in the articles of impeachment. Some Democrats have suggested including obstruction of justice, details from the Mueller report, and even Trump’s “bigotry and racism” as part of the foundation to impeach.
Omar said Trump’s alleged wrongdoing with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is the best option for impeachment.
“I believed that there were multiple reasons for us to move impeachment on this president, and right now I think it is really important for us to have it be narrowed because this is a very concise case, regardless of the shenanigans that the Republicans are engaged in at the moment,” Omar said.
She claimed Trump should be taken down like a mob boss, with prosecutors using one narrow charge to ensure jail time, despite other crimes.
“I think there are other opportunities, but right now we have a clear case, and I believe that we should follow this one,” she said. “You know, I’ve used examples where you’ve had mob bosses who have committed atrocity after atrocity, have violated our criminal codes of conduct, and we got them on one narrow case, but they get to serve time.”
“And what’s important right now is that for this particular president, that we know has many cases where we can impeach him on, that we focus on the one that the public is paying attention to and impeach him on that,” she added.
Host Ari Melber commended Omar for “artfully making a comparison” to Al Capone without saying the name. Capone was brought down on tax evasion, though his mob committed many other crimes under his leadership.
Omar and her fellow “squad” member, Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, called for Trump’s impeachment in July on grounds of racism after he suggested that they, along with Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley, “go back” to fix their home countries.
Author: Madison Dibble
Source: Washington Examiner: ‘Atrocity after atrocity’: Omar says Trump should be treated like mob boss