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Rep. Loudermilk: Democrats Continue Three-Year Quest to Impeach

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Washington, October 31, 2019 | comments
Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives voted on H.Res.660:
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Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives voted on H.Res.660:

"This is not about President Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian President; because, according to President Zelensky, there was no pressure placed on him, and he wasn’t aware of any withheld funds. As one of my colleagues on the super-secret impeachment committee recently stated, ‘there can be no quid-pro-quo, without a quo.’ Furthermore, the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014, passed by Congress and signed by President Obama, requires the President to combat corruption in Ukraine before U.S. funds can be released to that country. That same law was again passed as part of the FY17, FY18 and FY19 National Defense Authorization Acts.

"Even if the Democrats try to make the case that President Trump used pressure to have the Ukrainian government investigate their interference in the 2016 election, they would essentially be impeaching the President for following the law that most Democrats voted for.

"The truth is, the Democrats have been trying to impeach this president since even before he took his oath of office; they have just been looking for any semblance of justification. Since November 2016, Democrats have been infatuated with delegitimizing the President, trying to nullify his presidency. This latest rush to impeach is merely the Russia collusion conspiracy repackaged. The only difference is Speaker Pelosi and Chairman Schiff moved this investigation behind closed-doors, to avoid the embarrassment that was the Mueller Report and his testimony before Congress, which ended Democrats collusion hopes on national television. To make matters worse, Chairman Schiff’s Soviet-era investigation has stooped to new lows by instructing witnesses on which Republican questions they can and cannot answer.

"What I’d like to see, instead of trying to impeach a duly elected President who is doing a great job for the American people, is for Speaker Pelosi and Democratic leaders to bring legislation to the floor that will continue to build this country up, not tear it apart. For example, we could be voting on the trade deal with Canada and Mexico – our two largest trade partners – which would bring around $68 million in economic growth, pass a National Defense Authorization Act to fully fund our military, lower the cost of prescription drugs and reform our healthcare system, and fix the immigration loopholes that cartels and trans-national criminal organizations continue to exploit."
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