Former Clinton White House press secretary Joe Lockhart explained Tuesday on CNN why he is against using the impeachment process against President Trump. Lockhart said the House would impeach Trump but the Senate would never vote to remove him, thus giving Trump reason to go on "rally after rally" declaring that Congress found him innocent.
"They can bring all of these people up, but as soon as you open an and the president isn't removed, the president will go on rally after rally, saying that Congress found me innocent," Lockhart lamented.
JOE LOCKHART, FMR. CLINTON ADVISOR: The public doesn't understand this. They think if the president is impeached, he's removed. In fact, that has to go to the Senate. And my biggest concern is that the Democrats could move impeachment. It would go to the Senate and no Republicans, maybe one or two, would vote, and the country would get the impression that the president was innocent and I think we need to avoid that at all costs.
I think the Constitution -- the framers of the Constitution wanted these decisions made by the Congressmen, politicians. So politics, of course, are at play here. And I think the Democrats, as Nancy Pelosi was saying last night on the call, can do an investigation. They can bring all of these people up, but as soon as you open an and the president isn't removed, the president will go on rally after rally, saying that Congress found me innocent. We can get this done, it's not a binary choice.
I would suggest that we do hearings for the next five or six months, bring everything out, and then the House puts a censure motion on the floor. The best thing for Democrats, though, and I make this point in 'The New York Times' op-ed, is I think Trump is rotting the Republican party out from the inside. And, you know, you find no Republican will go in front of a camera this week. Imagine them trying to go to their voters in 2020, with Trump at the top of the ticket. I think that's the opportunity for Democrats, beat them at the ballot box. Don't go down the road of impeachment, where you know you can't win.