U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee, said she thinks Special Counsel Robert Mueller is in danger of being fired by President Trump over the Russia investigation.
“I do think (Mueller) is in terrible trouble right now,” Moore told “UpFront with Mike Gousha,” produced in partnership with WisPolitics.com.
“We see our colleagues on Capitol Hill shamefully throwing shade on a very distinguished man and an investigation,” she said.
Moore recently was one of 58 House Democrats who voted to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump.
“I just couldn’t resist the opportunity to reject Donald Trump, since I have felt for a long time that he is incompetent, that he has serious mental illness issues, that he does not study, and he’s dangerous, that we could trip into a war in North Korea, that he won’t recognize that Russia has interfered with our election, that he has sexually assaulted folk and continues to support that perspective,” she said.
But she also said she was willing to wait on the results of Mueller’s investigation.
“I don’t particularly need convincing (to impeach), but I understand how important it is to have the country come along with you in order to do that,” she said.
In another segment, attorney Rick Esenberg, president of the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, said it’s an “overstatement” for the attorney general’s office to say that a lawsuit he has filed against the city of Eau Claire imperils the Foxconn deal.
Esenberg sued Eau Claire over its use of a tax increment financing district for a performing arts center. Esenberg contends Eau Claire’s deal with the developers violates the state’s uniformity clause, which says property taxation must be uniform.
The attorney general’s office filed a motion to intervene in the lawsuit, saying a ruling in favor of Esenberg and the plaintiffs could imperil the Foxconn project in Mount Pleasant, which also involves a TIF district and cash payments to the company. The case is now before the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
“I have great respect for Attorney General (Brad) Schimel and the people in his office, but I think to say that our lawsuit imperils the Foxconn deal may be a bit of an overstatement, ” Esenberg said.
Gousha asked Esenberg about the possibility Foxconn could pull the plug on the project if the terms of the deal had to be changed because of his lawsuit.
“I am confident that they are not going to lose a $3 billion deal over $100 million, which is a lot of money I grant you, but in the context of the Foxconn deal, it’s the type of change that you find in the cushions,” Esenberg said.
“I’m sure that they can restructure the deal, if in fact the Supreme Court rules in our favor, and if in fact, there is not a way to distinguish the payments that are being made to Foxconn, ” he said.
Also on the program, Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette Law School Poll, offered analysis of the recent Alabama U.S. Senate race, won by a Democrat for the first time in 25 years.
Franklin, an Alabama native, said Sen.-elect Doug Jones narrowly won through a combination of factors — a “solid, strong black turnout;” about 30 percent of white voters choosing Jones; and lower voter turnout in Alabama counties that went strongly for Donald Trump in 2016.
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