Rep. Karen Bass (D., Calif.) said Democrats would not stop pushing for impeachment even if President Donald Trump wins reelection.
TMZ founder Harvey Levin asked Bass on Tuesday if she would reintroduce articles of impeachment against Trump if Democrats gained control of the Senate in 2020. Bass said Levin was "absolutely right" to suggest House Democrats would pursue impeachment again, but clarified that new articles of impeachment could include more information about Trump.
"Yes, but I don't think it would be exactly the same and here's why. Because even though we're impeaching him now, there's still a number of court cases," Bass said. "There's a ton of information that could come forward. For example, we could get his bank records and find out that he's owned 100 percent by the Russians."
"The odds of that—sadly enough—is that he probably has other examples of criminal behavior," Bass added.
The California Democrat has supported Trump's impeachment since the beginning of Trump's term. She was one of the 58 Democrats who voted to advance impeachment in 2017. Those articles of impeachment, which were filed by Rep. Al Green (D., Tex.) sought to oust Trump for his comments following a deadly clash between white nationalists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville.
Bass is not the only Democrat floating the idea of Trump being impeached twice. Neal Katyal, a former acting solicitor general under Barack Obama, said "double jeopardy protections do not apply" to impeachment.
Impt note on future: If the Senate doesn’t vote to convict Trump, or tries to monkey w his trial, he could of course be retried in the new Senate should he win re-election. Double jeopardy protections do not apply. And Senators voting on impeachment in the next months know this.
— Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) December 5, 2019