Faith Leaders: 'They're Trying to Impeach Us'

Evangelicals met privately with Trump this week
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 2, 2019 11:35 AM CDT
In this July 18, 2016 file photo, Pastor Paula White delivers the benediction at the close of the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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(Newser) – Faith leaders aren't just opposed to impeachment—they take it personally. So says one of 25 American evangelicals who met privately with President Trump this week, McClatchy reports. "Many evangelicals like myself believe that this is more than just a political skirmish," says Robert Jeffress, the top pastor at First Baptist Dallas. "They really believe that to impeach President Trump would be to impeach their own closely held values. And that's why they take impeachment so personally." At the Tuesday meeting, which wasn't on Trump's public schedule, he touched on issues including criminal justice reform, opioid abuse, and abortion, and said he did nothing wrong in his now-infamous phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. In related news:

  • New adviser: Trump's spiritual adviser and longtime friend, televangelist Paula White-Cain, now has a job in the administration—as a religious adviser in the Office of Public Liaison, the Washington Post reports. The Florida-based pastor promotes a prosperity gospel and played a key role in pushing Trump's criminal justice reform policies.

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