Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, on Wednesday endorsed the Trump administration's refusal to cooperate with the House impeachment investigation because the inquiry "follows no precedent and no due process in a complete violation of the Constitution."
"If the Democrats had any legitimate basis for impeachment other than their political bias against President [Donald] Trump, they'd have no problem playing by the rules through an investigation that implements transparency and accountability," he said in a statement.
Ratcliffe, 53, who was first elected in 2014, is a member of the House Intelligence Committee, one of six panels House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said last month would be probing Trump for impeachment over his Ukrainian telephone call and former Vice President Joe Biden.
The White House said Tuesday that it would not cooperate with subpoenas issued by committee chairs nor provide witnesses for depositions.
"The American people should be insulted by the Democrats' attempt to influence the outcome of the 2020 election through a sham 'impeachment inquiry' that was designed as a smear campaign against President Trump," Ratcliffe said.
"The Democrats know that if they'd like to take up an impeachment vote before the full House of Representatives, they're more than welcome to do so," he added.
"But their ongoing refusal to bring up formal impeachment speaks louder than any media report or whistleblower complaint to their complete lack of evidence in support of any such action against the president."
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