U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) was on a CNN “State of the Union” panel Sunday morning and host Jake Tapper wanted to know if she had endangered her career by coming out in favor of an impeachment inquiry.
Slotkin was one of seven freshmen Democrats with national security backgrounds to write a Washington Post op-ed last week supporting hearings amid the whistleblower complaint that details President Donald Trump asking the Ukrainian government to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, who’s running for president in 2020.
All members of Michigan’s Democratic U.S. House delegation now back impeachment hearings, plus U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (I-Cascade Twp.). U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced on Tuesday formal proceedings.
Tapper noted a Detroit Free Press column that said Slotkin may have risked her career, as well as the fact that “Trump is now retweeting attacks on you from the chair of the RNC [Michigander Ronna McDaniel].”
“It’s just not about that,” Slotkin said. “I mean, for me, I had to make a decision based on the fact that I’ve been in the national security world my entire life. I’m a former CIA officer and Pentagon official. And for me the very basics of this issue turned it for me.
“We have the president of the free world, you know, the strongest man in the world, calling a junior partner and asking for dirt on an American, on a political opponent. That can’t be OK. I don’t want a Democrat reaching out to China to ask for dirt on a political opponent. That to me just made things very different. It’s about a future election not the past. And it’s about our oath of office and protecting the institutions that make up this country.”
Slotkin add that “what I’ve tried to say very clearly to my constituents is that I hope whether they agree with me or not, that they say that I did this judiciously.”
Tapper later brought up U.S. Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) backing impeachment and U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) saying after being sworn in, “‘Let’s impeach the mf’er. She didn’t use acronyms but, you know, let’s impeach him.”
The host asked Slotkin, “Do those members of your party and do the ones who are especially gleeful about this moment does that undermine the seriousness with which you and other colleagues of yours want to proceed?”
Slotkin said she doesn’t “speak on behalf of every other member of Congress. I know that my district does not want me participating in kind of vitriol that they see coming out of Washington, generally, so that’s not what I’m going to personally be doing. I can only tell you why after many, many months of being extremely judicious about this I feel this is different.”
She added, “We focus on the facts at hand and we present that calmly and cleanly to the American people because I think we’ve lost that conversation and people just feel it’s purely political. If it were purely political, trust me, this was not something that would have been loved in my district.”