WI congressional delegation split along party lines on impeachment

The Wisconsin congressional delegation split along party lines after Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s called for the House to move forward with a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump after he pressured Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his family.

The trio of Wisconsin House Dems largely backed the move, with U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan charging Trump “has violated his oath of office.”

“The president not only broke the law by asking a foreign government to attack a political opponent, threatening foreign aid in the process–but this time he admitted to his actions,” the Town of Vermont Dem said in a statement Tuesday evening. “The time is long overdue for Congress to act on impeachment now.”

U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee, has also expressed support for an impeachment inquiry, which she said is “proper, timely and necessary.”

“I hope more of my Republican colleagues will join in this effort to protect our democracy,” she added.

But fellow Dem U.S. Rep. Ron Kind in a statement sidestepped a question from WisPolitics.com on where he stands on an impeachment inquiry, instead of focusing on the “extremely concerning” whistleblower complaint that tipped off the media to the story. The complaint has not yet been released by the Trump administration.

“The administration must hand over the whistleblower report, as required by law, so Congress can investigate these claims as part of its constitutional duties,” he said. “As a former special prosecutor, I know no one is above the law — not even the president.”

Dem U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin in a tweet also called for the release of the whistleblower complaint.

“By law, the Trump admin needs to provide the whistleblower complaint & Inspector General report to Congress,” she wrote. “That needs to happen now.”

Wisconsin Republicans largely backed the president and criticized Pelosi for moving towards impeachment proceedings.

“Rather than focusing on issues important to Americans, many of my Democrat colleagues are pushing impeachment with another attack against @realdonaldtrump,” U.S. Rep. Bryan Steil, R-Janesville wrote on his campaign Twitter account. “We need Congress to address real issues, not endless investigations!”

U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Glenbeulah, said in a statement that believed the communication between Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky was “certainly appropriate, considering the amount of foreign aid Ukraine receives.

“This action by the Democrats is particularly bothersome when we should be focusing on the important business that is before the House,” he said in a statement.

According to the Washington Post, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, is leading a “wing” of Senate Republicans “more focused on probing Biden.”

See Baldwin’s tweet:
https://twitter.com/SenatorBaldwin/status/1176900440648232962

See Steil’s tweet:
https://twitter.com/bryansteil/status/1176841686187675648?s=12

See the Washington Post story:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/senate-republicans-split-over-trump-urging-ukrainian-leader-to-investigate-biden/2019/09/25/48ec0e64-dfa6-11e9-be96-6adb81821e90_story.html

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