Rep. Chu Votes to Launch Public Phase of Impeachment Inquiry
Washington, DC — Today, the House passed H.Res. 660 to begin public hearings as the next phase of the House impeachment inquiry. The resolution provides rules for open hearings in the House Intelligence Committee, authorizes public release of deposition transcripts, establishes procedures for transferring evidence to the Judiciary Committee, and sets due process rights for the President and his Counsel. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) voted for the resolution and released the following statement:
“Since the alarming report from a whistleblower in the White House – a report that the White House tried to keep secret – came to light, Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff and other House committees have been conducting their investigations with solemnity and diligence. They’ve brought in numerous witnesses with firsthand knowledge to corroborate the claims that Trump betrayed his oath of office by using congressionally appropriated military aid to Ukraine as leverage to extort election interference from a foreign country. This claim has been confirmed in public by both White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and the abridged call summary released by the White House. Twisting American foreign policy to serve his own political interests is an obvious abuse of power, and one the Constitution demands we address.
“Now that both Democratic and Republican members of the relevant committees have had opportunities to question witnesses about classified information, it is time to make the case to the public. That is the process that today’s vote launches. In the coming weeks, the American people will be presented with evidence that President Trump withheld aid to Ukraine while demanding an investigation into a political rival. Multiple members of the White House national security staff witnessed this and reported their alarm. Republicans have no defense for such obvious crimes, so they are instead complaining about a process they themselves defended during their Benghazi investigation. These complaints are a completely baseless attempt to distract from truly damning evidence.
“This process is about a clear establishing of facts. Republicans oppose that process because they cannot argue the facts. As we move forward with a fair and transparent impeachment inquiry, there is one question that everybody will have to answer: Is it acceptable for the President to use Congressionally approved foreign aid as leverage to extort election help from a foreign power? The answer is a clear no.”