Local leaders react to impeachment vote
Several lawmakers from Washington and Oregon are speaking out after the vote to authorize an official impeachment inquiry was approved in the House on Thursday morning.
Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement after voting against the inquiry:
“I will not vote to rubberstamp the House Democrats’ closed-door impeachment hearings. The process approved today by House Democrats keeps Members of Congress and the millions of Americans they represent in the dark,” said Rep. Newhouse . “This resolution greenlights a flawed, unprecedented process that gives Chairman Schiff complete control, continues to limit the ability of Republicans to fully participate in hearings, and denies basic due process rights to the president and his counsel. I voted against the resolution because the American people deserve transparent and fair proceedings.”
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) also voted against the impeachment inquiry and shared this statement:
“For weeks, Democrats have conducted their impeachment meetings behind closed doors. They’ve made it impossible to trust the President will ever get a fair process. This resolution allows Chairman Schiff to keep working in private and ignores the President’s due process, a fundamental right in America. From these secret proceedings to Chairman Adam Schiff falsifying statements, this has been a hyper-partisan approach from the start. I still haven’t seen evidence of an impeachable offense. S ince the President was elected, Democrats have solely focused on impeachment, instead of working in a bipartisan way to solve the real challenges Eastern Washington families face like passing USMCA , lowering prescription drug costs, and fixing a broken immigration system.”
Rep. Kim Schrier (D-WA) defended her stance on Twitter by saying, ” I have said all along that we all deserve to know what happened. I am glad to see we are moving forward in a fair, transparent way. No one is above the law.” More:
Today’s vote lays out the next steps and lets the American people know what they can expect going forward, including public hearings and underlying evidence. What we’ve seen thus far suggests that our President abused the power of his office for personal gain… 1/2 https://t.co/poNEBwd8kS
— Rep. Kim Schrier (@ RepKimSchrier ) October 31, 2019
As for Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) of Eastern Oregon, he stated on Twitter that “this has been a flawed process all along.” Walden does not intend on seeking reelection.
Regarding my vote on H. Res. 660: This has been a flawed process all along. It has lacked transparency and barred most Members of Congress, myself included, from being able to access testimony from witnesses.
— Rep. Greg Walden (@ repgregwalden ) October 31, 2019