Rep. Stanton could be key player in House impeachment fight

Greg Stanton at a campaign rally for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in Tempe in November 2016. /Photo by Gage Skidmore / Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

By Robin Bravender | Arizona Mirror

If the U.S. House ultimately moves to impeach President Trump, U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton could be on a team of Democrats that makes the case to the U.S. Senate to oust the president from the White House.

The freshman Arizona Democrat and former Phoenix mayor clinched a seat on the powerful House Judiciary Committee, where he’s been thrust into the heated debate over impeachment that’s playing out on Capitol Hill. Stanton has used the perch to assail the behavior of Trump and his administration, and the Arizona congressman is poised to be a key player as the House navigates its next moves.

It remains far from certain that House Democrats will attempt to go the impeachment route. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and many other Democrats in the caucus have been wary of that option, given the potential for political blowback.

But others are clamoring to launch proceedings aimed at ousting the president, and many say they’re at least open to taking that path in the future.

Stanton’s office declined to comment for this story about his view of the House taking up impeachment proceedings or about his possible role.

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