Burning impeachment debate has Tennessee delegation at odds

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- As lawmakers return to their home states for their annual end-of-summer break, the impeachment debate is burning. The controversial topic has the Tennessee delegation at odds.

Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN) says the impeachment debate is a distraction on Capitol Hill. (Source: Gray DC)

“I think we should respect the Constitution and respect our jobs,” said Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN).

Cohen was one of the first in the House to call for impeachment proceedings. With a majority of House Democrats now in favor of launching proceedings, Cohen says he hopes they move ahead, citing obstruction of justice and other violations.

“It’s not the way America is supposed to be. So it’s a danger to our country, the rule of law, and the continued American experience,” said Cohen.

Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN) says this push to impeach is not founded. He thinks it distracts from real issues, like a balanced budget and deregulation.

“It’s a shady game up here. It really is. And I think people are just at their saturation point with all of it,” said Burchett.

The impeachment movement ebbs and flows, at times taking a backseat to other issues of the day here on Capitol Hill. But things like testimony from Special Counsel Robert Mueller bring the debate right back to center stage.

“Frankly if you look at politics here in Washington, if you take impeachment out of the equation, there’s still going to be a logjam,” said Gray Television’s Chief National Political Analyst Greta Van Susteren.

She says the country is divided and our Congress reflects that. Van Susteren says with lawmakers in constant campaign mode, there is no incentive for lawmakers to come together.

“They worry that if they act moderate or take a position that was helpful to the other side of the political aisle that they’re going to get punished by the voters back home,” said Van Susteren.

House members are on a six week recess. They can pick up the impeachment debate after Labor Day.

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