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Former Florida Congressman David Jolly calls President Donald Trump's latest statement on ABC interview an "impeachable moment."

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David Jolly implores Nancy Pelosi to address Donald Trump’s ‘impeachable moment’

“This was Trump saying he would be willing to engage in the commission of a crime.”

Former Congressman David Jolly, who has become a frequent voice on MSNBC criticizing President Donald Trump, is calling on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to reverse her position on impeachment proceedings.

“This was not the president of the United States being cavalier,” Jolly said Wednesday night. “This was Donald Trump saying he would be willing to engage in the commission of a crime to benefit his own reelection, that he would entertain collusion, if you will.”

Jolly was referring to statements Trump made during an interview on ABC this week with George Stephanopoulos that he would be willing to receive information from foreign governments that could benefit his reelection campaign. During that interview, Trump said only that he would “maybe” inform the FBI if a foreign government was trying to interfere in the 2020 election. Jolly called Trump’s statement “in and of itself” an “impeachable moment.”

“They have the information … I think I’d take it,” Trump said in the interview.

Jolly claimed the statement was a threat to American democracy.

“The eyes of the nation tonight must look to Nancy Pelosi … She occupies the highest constitutional office outside the White House,” Jolly said. “The nation’s weary right now. We’re begging for leadership right now.”

Jolly cautioned that Congressional duty should outweigh political convenience as some Democrats continue to worry that impeachment proceedings could harm the party’s 2020 chances of defeating Trump.

“At what moment does the House of Representatives stand up and say, ‘there is impeachable activity coming from the president,” Jolly said.

He suggested Pelosi address the issue directly to the nation on prime-time television.

Jolly is the former U.S. Representative for Congressional District 13 in Pinellas County. He served as a Republican before losing the seat to Democrat Charlie Crist. Jolly has since shed his Republican Party affiliation and is now a registered independent.

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a die-hard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics, including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and contentious issues surrounding transit. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also a devoted wife and mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder.

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