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:

Cathy McMorris Rodgers – Congresswoman for Washington’s Fifth 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.”

Maria Cantwell – Washington State Senator

“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.”

Mike Crapo – Idaho State Senator

“I always prefer Congress remain a legislative body that advances legislation to benefit the American people. As to the question of impeachment, our entire legal system is dependent on our ability to find the truth. I will wait for further information regarding the facts of this matter and refrain from speculating on any outcomes of this discussion and process.”

Jay Inslee – Washington State Governor

We can’t allow the president to think he has carte blanche to trample on our Constitution. It’s time to act.

By starting impeachment proceedings, the House is doing what is right and necessary for our democracy. pic.twitter.com/2PkU3XtQhX

— Jay Inslee (@JayInslee) September 25, 2019

This story will be updated as additional lawmakers respond.

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