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Freshmen Dems: Trump-Ukraine Allegations May Be 'Impeachable Offense'

Rep. Gil Cisneros, D-Calif.
Rep. Gil Cisneros, D-Calif. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 24 September 2019 07:56 AM

Seven freshmen Democrats, all representing swing districts, insist in an opinion piece Tuesday that it will "represent an impeachable offense" should allegations that President Donald Trump tried to push Ukraine's president to investigate Democratic candidate Joe Biden's son be proven true.

"We call on our colleagues in Congress to consider the use of all congressional authorities available to us, including the power of 'inherent contempt' and impeachment hearings, to address these new allegations, find the truth and protect our national security," the lawmakers wrote in the piece for The Washington Post. "This flagrant disregard for the law cannot stand."

Democratic Reps. Gil Cisneros (Calif.), Mikie Sherrill (N.J.), Elaine Luria (Va.), Jason Crow (Col.), Chrissy Houlahan (Pa.),  Elissa Slotkin (Mich.), and Abigail Spanberger (Va.) signed the letter. They noted that they are not career politicians, but instead are veterans of the military and the nation's defense and intelligence agencies.

"We have devoted our lives to the service and security of our country, and throughout our careers, we have sworn oaths to defend the Constitution of the United States many times over," they wrote. "Now, we join as a unified group to uphold that oath as we enter uncharted waters and face unprecedented allegations against President Trump."

Currently, 148 House Democrats, or more than half of the caucus' 235 members, support some sort of action on impeaching Trump, reports NBC News.

Trump has confirmed that he discussed former Vice President Biden and his son Hunter in a call on July 25 with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky. However, he denies that he blocked aid to push for an investigation.

The Post and The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that about a week before the call with the Ukraine president, Trump asked acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to put a hold on nearly $400 million in military aid that had been ordered by Congress to help Ukraine defend itself from Russian aggression. 

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Seven freshmen Democrats, all representing swing districts, insist in an opinion piece Tuesday that it will "represent an impeachable offense" if new allegations against President Donald Trump are true.
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Tuesday, 24 September 2019 07:56 AM
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