LOS ANGELES, Calif. (FOX 11) - California Democratic Congresswoman Karen Bass said she would have “no choice” but vote for the impeachment of the President if Buzzfeed’s bombshell report turns out to be true.
Buzzfeed News claims that President Trump directed his then attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress regarding a potential Trump Tower Project in Moscow.
“If that’s the case, you’re talking about a potential felony. Even though most of us don’t want to go to impeachment because we have so many other things to do, I’m afraid we’re not going to have a choice,” the congresswoman said.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office is pushing back on the Buzzfeed report in a statement issued late Friday.
“BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate,” Mueller’s team wrote.
BuzzFeed is standing by the story.
Our interview with Bass was conducted before the Special Counsel statement was issued. Bass sits on the House Judiciary Committee, which would host a potential impeachment hearing. She suggested that Congress can use its subpoena power to investigate the assertions in the article.
“For the past two years, there’s been no oversight of this Administration,” Bass said.
Bass has been hesitant to call for the President’s Impeachment in the past, suggesting the Democrats should focus on issues like healthcare instead.
In her interview with Elex Michaelson for FOX 11’s prime-time political show “The Issue Is:” Rep. Bass also discusses the President’s announcement that he’ll be hosting a summit with North Korean Kim Jung Un in February.
Bass believes that he’s trying to “distract” from other news stories.
“Nothing came out of the first meeting…we don’t even have an ambassador to South Korea…this is complete theatrics,” said Bass.
The Congresswoman is now serving as the Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. She reflected on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“It was because of the work he did on the civil rights movement that led me to devote my life for continuing that legacy for economic and social justice,” she said.
Bass is now part of a record number of women in Congress. “Women lead differently…more collaboratively, less competitive, and more supportive of each other,” she said.
On “The Issue Is:” Elex plays the “name game” with Bass. He asked her to give one word to describe well-known political figures. Her answers:
- Pres. Donald Trump: “pathological liar”
- Vice President Mike Pence: “cult follower”
- Rep. Nancy Pelosi: “fighter”
- Rep. Kevin McCarthy: “friend”
Watch Elex’s complete interview with Rep. Bass Friday night at 10:30 pm on FOX 11 Los Angeles or catch it on his YouTube Channel by clicking here.