Republicans characterize the inquiry as a rush to judgement
Local politicians are speaking out after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the launch of a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
The announcement, made Tuesday, is in connection to reports that President Trump may have sought aid from a foreign government in his reelection bid.
Republican politicians throughout the region blasted the inquiry.
Rep. Tom Reed, R-23rd District, stated: “The President is releasing the complete, fully declassified and unredacted transcript of his phone conversation with President Zelensky of Ukraine tomorrow. Why is Nancy Pelosi rushing to impeachment based on someone’s secondhand account of the call?”
Reed's district includes the eastern part of Ontario County.
Rep. Chris Collins, R-27th District, whose district includes the western part of Ontario County, stated: "Channeling the great Ronald Reagan, I can only say ... there they go again. Democrats just can’t help themselves in their quest to impeach President Trump or anyone else. Whether it was their reliance on the flawed Mueller report a few months ago or the erroneous media reports last week about Judge Kavanaugh, House Democrats demand rushing to judgement to satisfy their radical base without looking at any facts. Instead of continuing their ongoing witch hunts, House Democrats should get to work on securing our borders, reforming immigration, creating jobs and producing a federal budget. That’s what the American Public wants."
State Senator Rob Ortt, R-North Tonawanda — who has announced his candidacy for the 27th District seat held by Collins, weighed in as well: “Since election night 2016, Democrats and radical regressive socialists have been committed to overturning the election and the will of the American people. First, it was the Mueller/Russia collusion hoax. Now it’s a phone call to Ukraine. Now more than ever the president needs a battle-tested patriot standing by his side.”
Rep. John Katko, R-24th, whose district includes Wayne County, stated: “I served as a federal prosecutor for nearly 20 years and unequivocally believe in following the facts, wherever they lead. The full facts surrounding the President’s conversation with the Ukrainian President need to come out. The abrupt decision by Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats to begin impeachment proceedings without waiting for the facts is a dramatic overstep.”
Rep. Joe Morelle, D-25th District, however, announced Thursday afternoon that he supports impeachment proceedings to move forward. In a statement, he said that "The President's disturbing pattern of unlawful behavior is an offense to the very principles and ideals our nation was founded upon and clearly demonstrates that he believes the laws of the United States do not apply to him."
Morelle went on to criticize what he called President Trump's "contempt for our nation's rule of law."
Morelle previously said that he was on the fence on the issue of moving forward with impeachment proceedings.