Roe not buying committee's look into impeachment

Hank Hayes • Sep 12, 2019 at 10:00 PM

U.S. Rep. Phil Roe indicated Thursday he is having none of new House Judiciary Committee procedural moves to assess potential articles of impeachment against President Trump.

“It is a complete waste of time,” Roe, R-Tennessee, said in a conference call with reporters. “We don’t even know yet all of what happened on the Russia investigation, the Mueller investigation. We’re still uncovering stuff that went on with FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court) abuse. I won’t vote for another bill that doesn’t have some protections from FISA. It turned out the Russia collusion was nothing. It was zero. I don’t know what you impeach somebody for because you don’t like him, I guess.”

Roe also addressed these questions:

You recently visited Israel. How do they view the Iran threat?

“We spent an hour with Prime Minister (Benjamin) Netanyahu and he sees that as the existential threat to Israel. It is not Jordan. It is not Syria. It is not Egypt. What the Iranians are doing is they are supporting in Yemen the civil war there. They certainly are the primary funder in Lebanon of Hezbollah. They also have helped prop up (Bashar Al) Assad in Syria.”

What did you think about (National Security Adviser) John Bolton’s firing?

“I think (Secretary of State) Mike Pompeo, who I know very well, I think the president really leans on him. I know, not well, but I know John Bolton. He is more hawkish. I want people to challenge me, the left and the right. ... I think (Trump) will have someone good there. I think it’s clear the president would, if he could, disengage us from some places. I think America wants that. I don’t know whether we can or not.”

What’s going on in the U.S. House this month?

“Between now and the end of the month, which is only three weeks, we’ve got a lot to get done. No. 1 to get done is an agreement on a budget. The rumor is usually right around here is that we’re going to pass a continuing resolution that will extend (the budget) to the 22nd of November. Typically what they do is bring it up when you want to go home for Thanksgiving and then force a vote. Ten of the 12 appropriations bills have been passed in the House. The No. 2 thing we have to do this month is the National Defense Authorization Act conference report. We’re going to vote next week, I think, on surprise medical billing (legislation). ... What this bill does is if you go into the hospital and you have to have an appendectomy and it turns out the anesthesia group is not in network, you can get a surprise medical bill you thought your insurance was going to cover. My bill totally eliminates the patient. ... Next week, there probably be some red flag (gun bills). I have not seen any of them, so I am not able to comment on something I haven’t seen.”