Ruppersberger on Impeachment: National Security is Where I Draw the Line
(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) today issued the following statement regarding impeachment proceedings of President Trump:
“As a former prosecutor, I have resisted calls to begin formal impeachment proceedings against the President until we had clear, indisputable evidence that transcends politics. Follow the facts, I’ve said.
Jeopardizing our national security is where I draw the line. Withholding duly-appropriated money meant to aid a country that could be overtaken by Russia is reckless and dangerous. This is yet another example of the President doing Putin’s bidding.
This is the most credible abuse of power we have seen from the Administration to date. The President admitted that he encouraged a foreign leader to dig up dirt on his political opponent. He has admitted he broke the law in blocking Congressionally-appropriated taxpayer dollars to Ukraine. And he’s engaging in a cover-up by refusing to release the whistleblower complaint as required by the law. Releasing the transcript of the phone call doesn’t change these facts.
The President has tied Congress’ hands. We have no choice but to start a formal impeachment inquiry and hearings.”