Several of Illinois' Democratic candidates for governor are calling for president’s Trump’s impeachment. But the state’s senior U-S senator, Dick Durbin, isn’t going there — yet. It began last week with a statement from candidate J.B. Pritzker, who says impeachment is necessary to “preserve our democracy.”
That sentiment was echoed by fellow candidates Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar and state Sen. Daniel Biss, from Evanston.
But Durbin says not so fast. “I’m never using that word. I don’t want to use that word. We have an investigation. Let’s do the investigation. Do it professionally, fairly. Let's find out who was responsible for what.”
Durbin says the newly-appointed special counsel should be allowed to conduct his investigation. "And before we reach any conclusions about guilt, let's get to the bottom of the facts with a good prosecutor. I think Bob Muller is a good prosecutor."
As a member of the Senate, Durbin would effectively be on the jury for an impeachment.
It wouldn't be his first: In 1999, Durbin voted NOT to remove then-President Bill Clinton from office, ultimately finding him "not guilty" of perjury and obstruction of justice.