Al Franken to Democrats Fighting for Impeachment: ‘Zealot’ Mike Pence ‘Would be Worse’

In the wake of the dramatic, televised Senate testimonies of former FBI director James Comey and attorney general Jeff Sessions as part of ongoing investigation into potential collusion by Russia and Trump’s presidential campaign, Democrats are increasingly pushing for the impeachment of President Trump. There’s certainly evidence of obstruction of justice on Trump’s part, which is reportedly being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller, and suspicious financial exchanges between Trump and foreign parties, too, but Democratic Sen. Al Franken has a warning for fellow Democrats leading the charge for impeachment prematurely. Vice President Mike Pence, whom Franken called a “zealot,” “would be worse” for America, Franken told the International Business Times. “Pence ran the transition and some of the very worst nominees, I felt — Pruitt, DeVos, [HHS Secretary Tom] Price, Mulvaney — were Pence selections, clearly, I think,” Franken said in an interview with IBT during a in his new book tour. “He’s ideological, I consider him a zealot, and I think that in terms of a lot of domestic policy certainly would be worse than Trump.” And according to Franken, while Pence might be a bit more stable than Trump in terms of foreign policy, in domestic policy, he “would be worse” — much worse. “If you’re talking about how we handle North Korea or something like that, I’d probably be more comfortable with Pence ultimately making those decisions than Trump, because of Trump’s personality and character,” he conceded, adding, “I don’t know what he’s capable of, and that really does concern me.” In the state of Indiana where Pence formerly served as governor, he famously supported transferring funding for HIV/AIDS relief to gay conversion therapy programs, and transferring welfare for low-income families to support anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers. As for whether Franken things impeachment is even a possibility, the senator told IBT, “I don’t know if we’re there yet. I want to see, first, if they come up with something.” And at any rate, even if “they come up with something,” whether or not the Republican-controlled senate will instigate an impeachment trial is questionable.

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