Rep. Jamie Raskin on Trump impeachment: 'I'm not going to lose my son' in 2020 and 'lose my country' in 2021

Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland. Anna Moneymaker / The New York Times via AP, Pool
Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin said he will "not lose my son by the end of 2020 and lose my country and republic in 2021" as he pondered the recent death of his 25-year-old son Tommy on Sunday. and his own role as the senior property manager in President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial.
On CNN's State of the Union with host Jake Tapper, Raskin said the memory of his son led him to accept spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi's request to become the impeachment director.
"I really did it with my son in my heart and helped lead the way," said Raskin. "I feel it in my chest."
Raskin described the January 6th Capitol uprising as "the most dangerous presidential crime ever committed against the United States."
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Maryland Democratic MP Jamie Raskin said he will "not lose my son by the end of 2020 and lose my country and republic in 2021" on Sunday as he pondered the recent death of his 25-year-old son Tommy and his own role as a senior property manager in President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial.
During an appearance on CNN's State of the Union with host Jake Tapper, Raskin expressed how the memory of Tommy, an Amherst College graduate and Harvard Law School student who passed away on December 31, led Raskin to: Accept Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi's request to become impeachment manager.
"I really did it with my son in my heart and helped lead the way," said Raskin. "I feel it in my chest."
On Wednesday, Trump was charged by the Democratically controlled House of Representatives with "inciting insurrection" in connection with the January 6th Capitol insurrection. This made him the only US president to be charged twice.
Read more: Mitch McConnell Tells GOP Senators that their decision to impeach Trump is a "decision of conscience"
Raskin, who was in the Capitol with his youngest daughter and son-in-law when the building was attacked, had to negotiate the building's largest break since 1814. He said his son's ghost led him in a harrowing attack that resulted in five deaths.
"When we counted the votes of the electoral college and it came under this ridiculous attack, I felt my son with me," he said.
A touching medium contribution by Raskin and his wife Sarah Bloom Raskin illuminates the path of their son's life. They spoke fondly of his spirit.
"Tommy Raskin had a perfect heart, a perfect soul, an outrageously outrageous and relentless sense of humor, and a dazzling mind," they wrote. "He was later tortured in his 20s by a blindingly painful and merciless 'disease called depression', a kind of relentless torture in the brain for him."
The congressman, who taught constitutional law at American University for years, addressed the dangers of the January 6 insurrection and its impact on democracy.
"I will not lose my son at the end of 2020 and I will lose my country and my republic in 2021," he said. "That will not happen."
He added, "This was the worst presidential crime in United States history - the most dangerous presidential crime ever committed against the United States. There are Republicans who recognize it and there are Democrats."
The House vote for Trump's second impeachment included the support of 10 GOP lawmakers, including Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the conference's No. 3 Republican.
Raskin promised that the House Democrats would send the impeachment article to the Senate in time, followed by a trial against the Senate.
"We don't have a minute," he said. "He is a clear and present danger to the people."
He added, "We are putting together a test plan to find out the truth about all of these events. We will be able to tell the story of this attack on America and all of the events that led to it."
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