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CHICO, Calif. - Democrats are planning to introduce one article of impeachment against President Trump. Action News Now anchor Alan Marsden spoke on Friday with Democratic campaign strategist Bob Mulholland of Chico for his thoughts on a possible impeachment or the invoking of the 25th Amendment.
Alan: Is it good, or could it be bad for the country in the long term, if this happens?
Bob: I think Congress should do what it wants to do which is to impeach the President. But it's really just a checkmate on Trump not to do anything crazy. But I think the voters impeached Trump last election day.
Alan: I'm already hearing fears of this could foment much worse things happening from his supporters.
Bob: I think a lot of his angry people after the riots will be backing off. And on 20th of January Biden will be sworn in, Harris will be sworn in, and I think much of that will go away.
Alan: Do you think personally, as an American, do you support proceeding with the impeachment.
Bob: I think it's the responsibility of our Congress to step forward when they see someone urging people to riot at the U.S. Capitol. And unfortunately, a Capitol Police officer was murdered using a fire extinguisher. And hopefully, that person is sent to jail forever.
Alan: Are you surprised that this happened?
Bob: No. Even Rudy Giuliani used the word combat. And Trump urged the people to march down there. Said he would go with them. And unfortunately, they did. And unfortunately, people were murdered. And unfortunately, it was a terrible (sic) seen in pictures all the way around the world. When you ask people with a high school education who spent their honeymoon at a white supremacy camp to go march on the Capitol, you're putting us all at risk.
Alan: I think a lot of people would argue that not everyone in that crowd meets the description that you just gave.
Bob: Yeah sure. But they were there. And there were hundreds of people breaking glass and pushing police officers down. And fortunately for Congressman LaMalfa he and the others were able to get to a secure room. That wasn't true for the Capitol Police officer.
Alan: Again, are you surprised?
Bob: No. I've been around this country. I've been in 60 countries, I'm not surprised. I've seen this type of behavior. Whenever a politician says let's go get 'em it usually means go get 'em.
Alan: Can the country heal from this?
Bob: Yeah, and Biden has to focus on the Covid-19 and getting 300 million Americans vaccinated this year and thus the economy will get better. And then Americans will start focusing on their own lives again and not Congress.
Alan: The division is extraordinarily strong right now. Can that be repaired?
Bob: Well, yeah, you ought to go to a Philadelphia Eagles game. Yes, it will be repaired. The majority of the American people voted for Biden and Harris. The majority of the American people want the country to move forward. The majority of the American people want Trump to leave.
Alan: The bottom line is you sound pretty optimistic about the whole thing?
Bob: Yeah, I tend to be pretty optimistic. I know ultimately the American people will feel good about our country and be patriotic. And once we get Trump off TV, at least most of the time, most of us will go back to our regular lives and hopefully we can get the Covid vaccine covered.
Mulholland says he and his wife, former Butte County supervisor Jane Dolan, will not be attending the inauguration after President-Elect Biden urged Americans to stay home due to the pandemic.