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Local lawmakers respond to Trump impeachment inquiry

Posted at 9:07 PM, Sep 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-24 22:07:55-04

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump Tuesday.

The announcement comes after what local lawmakers are calling "abuse of presidential power."

Here's Congresswoman Gwen Moore's take on the situation:

"I welcome Speaker Pelosi's decision to begin and impeachment inquiry. The findings from the Mueller report troubled me and made it clear that he solicited help from Russia and obstructed justice. Trump's abuse of presidential power did not stop there. His recent calls urging Ukraine's president to investigate his political opponet is the latest example of Trump's lawlessness. The administration's mishandling of the whistlerblower complaint also illustrates the persuasiveness of their corruption.

The American people are tired and deserve better. Our nation's laws were crafted from sacred ideals and nobody is above these principles. An impeachment inquiry is proper, timely and necessary. I hope more of my Republican colleagues will join in this effort to protect our democracy."
Congresswoman Gwen Moore

On the other end of the scale, Rep. Bryan Steil had this to say:

"Today's announcement is more political theater from Speaker Pelosi. If Speaker Pelosi wanted to officially begin an impeachment, she would have brought a resolution to the House floor for a vote. Congress should start legislating, not litigating. We must focus on the issues impacting Americans--our $22 trillion national debt, the rising costs of health care, and job creation for families and workers. Let's end this circus and get to work."