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Rep. Chu Statement on Launch of Official Impeachment Inquiry

September 24, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC — This week, President Trump confirmed reports that he ordered Congressionally appropriated aid to Ukraine be withheld, mere days before a phone conversation with the new President during which he admitted to bringing up an investigation into his political rivals. The details of the call are reportedly included in a whistleblower report that is required by law to be provided to Congress, but which is being illegally withheld. Today, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced the start of an official impeachment inquiry revolving around the allegations of abuse of power and obstruction of Congressional investigations. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) issued the following statement:

“I completely agree with Speaker Pelosi. What President Trump has admitted to is an unacceptable abuse of power. We already know from the Mueller report that the Trump campaign solicited foreign intervention in the 2016 election and then repeatedly tried to hide that fact and obstruct an investigation into it. He has also said that he would welcome foreign involvement again. Now, a new report indicates that, true to his word, the President is using his office and the foreign policy of the United States in order to advance his own personal political interests and smear his political opponents. Worse, he is illegally obstructing Congressional investigations by blocking the release of the whistleblower report. The only recourse is an impeachment inquiry, during which we will bring to light the facts that President Trump is trying to hide. In doing so, we will make the case to the American people that abusing power, subverting democracy, and obstructing Congress are unacceptable.”