Im­peach­ment back­ers warned by Franken of ‘Pres­i­dent Pence’

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - — Dou­glas Ernst

Sen. Al Franken of Min­nesota has a mes­sage for fel­low Democrats who yearn for Pres­i­dent Trump’s im­peach­ment: Be care­ful what they wish for; they just might get it.

Mr. Franken told the In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness Times that those hop­ing that the FBI’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Rus­sia’s at­tempts to in­flu­ence the 2016 elec­tion will pave the way for im­peach­ment should con­sider Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence’s pol­icy pref­er­ences.

“Pence ran the tran­si­tion and some of the very worst nom­i­nees, I felt — [EPA chief Scott] Pruitt, [Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary Betsy] DeVos, [HHS Sec­re­tary Tom] Price, [Bud­get di­rec­tor Mick] Mul­vaney — were Pence se­lec­tions, clearly, I think,” Mr. Franken

said, IBT re­ported Mon­day.

“He’s ide­o­log­i­cal, I con­sider him a zealot, and I think that in terms of a lot of do­mes­tic pol­icy cer­tainly would be worse than Trump,” said Mr. Franken, tak­ing a break in Den­ver while pro­mot­ing his book “Gi­ant of the Se­nate” to dis­cuss work in Wash­ing­ton.

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