Hollywood actor and director Rob Reiner was far from the only liberal who went into a full meltdown after former Special Counsel Robert Mueller failed to damage the president at a pair of twin congressional hearings on Wednesday. Democratic lawmakers, from the top down, decried the president after Mueller’s testimonies produced little to no new information which could initiate impeachment proceedings.
Democrats are failing, Reiner lamented during an MSNBC segment with New Jersey Democratic Congressman Jeff Van Drew, the Western Journal reports.
Van Drew told host Chris Matthews that there was not enough evidence to impeach the president and, instead, said he thought it was time Democrats pursued legislative accomplishments that they can show their voters ahead of critical re-election efforts in 2020. The Democratic lawmaker argued if Democrats continue to pursue impeachment, but fail to remove Trump, then voters will not back them in 2020.
Reiner disagreed wholeheartedly and said the case to impeach Trump is clearly laid out in Mueller’s final report.
“The guy’s working with the Russians. He says he is going to continue working with the Russians. The Russians are already playing [along],” Reiner said to the lawmaker, per the report.
“We’ve seen the Senate Intelligence Committee tell us that they’re playing right now and they’re working hard to defeat us. Are we now saying that we’re just going to give ourselves over to the Russians? We beat them in the Cold War, and they’re beating us now in the cyberwar. And if we don’t stand up to them, it could be the end of our democracy. And I’m sorry if you lose your seat, but we’ve got to stand up for democracy,” Reiner added.
Van Drew doubled down on his belief why impeachment is a bad path to choose.
“Unless we find something new or unusual, something different that we didn’t see before, it seems that this just keeps continuing,” he said.
“First, it was going to be the Mueller report was really going to give us the information, and it did. I read it from the first page to the last page, and it gave some information,” the Democratic lawmaker said. “And certainly there are some distasteful sections and parts of that really are concerning, but not high crimes and misdemeanors, at least in my opinion, and obviously in other people’s opinions as well.”
Reiner erupted, saying he “could not disagree more.”
“I couldn’t disagree more with the congressman, because all of the issues that he talked about of course are critical. None of them will ever, ever pass when we don’t have the White House and ultimately the Senate,” the director contended via the Western Journal.
“We passed a million bills already, and they lay dormant at Mitch McConnell’s feet. That’s not going to do anything,” he added.
“That’s because we are so involved. We are so involved with this only, or at least the perception of this only,” Van Drew said, to which Reiner — clearly the expert on these things, responded, “no, no, no!”
“Look, I’m there every day. Let me just finish for a second,” Van Drew responded. He also noted that his seat could be in danger if the Democrats focused on impeachment and that “folks have to realize it was middle Democrats, middle of the road Democrats, that created the majority. and that their voice counts too.”
“I don’t know why now the Russian issue all of the sudden became a bigger issue than it was a week ago, a month ago, six months ago, a year ago,” Van Drew said. “It seems like we’re constantly trying to move on to do something else, and the bottom line is I want us to do good stuff, and we can. One of the reasons we’re not getting certain things done with the other side is because we’re always attacking them.”