A day after former special counsel, Robert Mueller, testified before two House Congressional committees about his report on Russian election interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, many political pundits said Mueller's testimony didn't help the House Democrats push for impeachment of Pres. Donald Trump.
KVI's John Carlson interviewed U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA2) about the Mueller testimony. Larsen represents Washington voters from Mukilteo and Everett north to Bellingham and the Canadian border. Last week, Larsen announced he was ready to support impeachment proceedings against Trump.
Carlson began the interview by asking Larsen, "Did you jump aboard (the impeachment effort) at exactly the wrong time?"
Larsen responded, "My reasons for impeachment are actually unrelated to the Mueller report and if Congress, through its investigation finds obstruction of justice evidence, that would be added on to my reasons for wanting to impeach this president."
On July 18, 2019, Larsen issued a statement about impeachment, "I do not come to this decision lightly. The decision to impeach is one that transcends party and politics. Exercising the authority to impeach is one of the heaviest responsibilities a Member of Congress has.”
According to the press release, Larsen considered a lot of other factors but ultimately it was the president’s statement degrading the dream of citizenship that led him to this decision.
“This president has no concept of this widely and tightly held belief of Americans. His comments do not protect the concept of U.S. citizenship. They undermine it. He should not be the President of the United States.”
In the interview with Carlson, the 2nd District Congressman says there are still several areas of legislation that he's willing to work on with Trump and Congressional Republicans, including trade and infrastructure issues.
For the full interview regarding Larsen and the Mueller testimony reaction, please click on the image above to hear the segment from Carlson's show.