Local political leaders react to Trump impeachment inquiry

Local political leaders are reacting to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s announcement of a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

Pelosi made the announcement Tuesday afternoon following reports of the whistleblower complaint submitted to the Intelligence Community Inspector General.

The complaint alleges the president urged Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelenskyy to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s work in Ukraine and any ties it might have had with his son Hunter Biden’s business dealings in the country.

Local political leaders released the following statements regarding the formal impeachment inquiry Tuesday:

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers – (R – Washington’s 5th District):

This is yet another example of the hyper-partisan political climate today. Instead of waiting for all the facts, House Democrats are jumping to unfounded conclusions. When people we represent are searching for hope and expecting results, both Republicans and Democrats need to dig a little deeper and be more focused on solving problems that make a difference, not just a point. I’m pleased the President is being transparent and releasing the transcript of the conversation this week. I will be reviewing the facts before making any decisions on what’s best for the American people.

Rep. Dan Newhouse (R – Washington’s 5th District) has not released a statement as of 4:30 p.m.

Rep. Kim Schrier (D – Washington’s 8th District) called for an impeachment inquiry in July.

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D – Washington):

I support Speaker Pelosi’s decision to initiate a formal impeachment inquiry. No one is above the law. We must safeguard our democracy and stop foreign interference in our elections.

Sen. Patty Murray (D – Washington) tweeted in favor of an impeachment inquiry hours before Pelosi’s formal announcement:

We know there was foreign interference in the 2016 elections—& now, we have confirmation from this President that he is inviting foreign interference in the next election.

This is gross corruption and a clear threat to our democracy. Anyone who doesn’t speak out is complicit.

— Senator Patty Murray (@PattyMurray) September 24, 2019

Rep. Greg Walden (R – Oregon’s 2nd District) has not released a statement as of 4:30 p.m.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D – Oregon):

What the House of Representatives did by opening an impeachment inquiry is essential to protecting the well-being of the country.

— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) September 24, 2019

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D – Oregon):

Beginning impeachment proceedings is not an action to be taken lightly. Unfortunately, the gravity and extent of President Trump’s corrupt actions makes it absolutely clear that Congress must do so. President Trump has repeatedly and flagrantly violated his oath of office and disgraced the office of the presidency. Holding foreign aid hostage until a foreign leader agrees to smear a political opponent is textbook corruption, plain and simple.

It is time for Congress, as a co-equal branch of government, to fulfill its constitutional role and hold the President accountable. Now that the House is moving forward with impeachment proceedings, I urge it to move swiftly to complete its investigation and to bring these proceedings to the floor of the House for a vote.

This story will be updated as additional lawmakers respond.

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