Rep. Michael Capuano warned it’s far too early to file articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, though he supports Trump’s impeachment overall.
“I have many of my constituents who want me to vote for impeachment today,” Capuano said during an interview with Boston Public Radio Thursday. “On a personal level, I have all their concerns. If I had to vote today, I think I might — but that’s not the way the process should work, that’s not the way the American people should be able to sleep soundly at night.”
On Wednesday, Rep. Brad Sherman formally introduced an article of impeachment against Trump, accusing the president of obstructing justice during the FBI investigation into Russian ties to the 2016 election.
“I’ve said from day one that I’m not ready to do that,” Capuano said. “It’s not because I personally don’t believe it, it’s because I believe in the process.”
Capuano stressed the importance of allowing special council Robert Mueller to finish his investigation, without causing more division within Congress. “I don’t want to do to them what they would do to us, because I think that’s the race to the bottom,” Capuano said. “We have Mr. Mueller conducting an investigation, I’ve called for an independent investigation, I think it’s important for us to let him do his job.”
According to Sherman, filing the article (which is unlikely to pass in the majority-Republican House) served as a warning to the Trump administration. Capuano said that the American people might benefit more from a drawn-out investigation, rather than jumping ahead with an impeachment.
“They need to know … that we take this job seriously, and that people have a right to be heard, they have a right to have a full-blown investigation, a trial in the House of Representatives, and for those of us who would have to vote on it, to vote on it in a neutral way, not a political way,” Capuano said. “It’s too important to make this a political judgment.”
To hear Rep. Michael Capuano’s full interview with Boston Public Radio, click on the audio player above.