Rep. Ilhan Omar compared the House Democrats' effort to impeach President Trump over the relatively minor Ukraine scandal to how the federal government was able to prosecute Mafia boss Al Capone for tax evasion, despite suspecting him of far greater crimes.
"I’ve said for a really long time that it wasn’t going to be if the president was getting impeached, it was going to be when," she told Ari Melber Monday on MSNBC's "The Beat."
"You’ve had mob bosses who have committed atrocity after atrocity, and have violated our criminal codes of conduct, and we got them on one narrow case. But they get to serve time," she said.
"I believed that there were multiple reasons for us to move impeachment on this president. Right now, I think it is really important for us to have it be narrowed, because this is a very concise case, regardless of the shenanigans that the Republicans are engaged in at the moment. The public can clearly understand where the violations are and can follow this case," she explained.
"To make sure I’m hearing you right on that, you would say on, say, the bigotry that you discussed before, the Mueller stuff, you’d say leave that out?" Melber asked.
"I think there are other opportunities, but right now, we have a clear case, and I believe that we should follow this one," Omar said. "You know, I’ve used examples where you’ve had mob bosses who have committed atrocity after atrocity, and have violated our criminal codes of conduct, and we got them on one narrow case. But they get to serve time. And what’s important right now is that for this particular president that we know has many cases where we can impeach him on, that we focus on the one what the public is paying attention to and impeach him on that."
"Congresswoman, it sounds like you are artfully making a comparison on the legal precedent to this president and Al Capone?" Melber asked jokingly.
"Yes," Omar stated.