President Donald Trump would like the Ukraine scandal to just go away — but that’s not happening. As the House continues its impeachment inquiry into his “shakedown” of the country, a third Republican governor has now come out in support of the investigation. While he didn’t go so far as to say he supports removing Trump from office, Maryland’s Larry Hogan said that he does support an impeachment inquiry as a means to “get to the facts.” It’s more than can be said for any Republican member of Congress, considering even as the president belligerently calls on yet another country to try and procure dirt on the Bidens, they do nothing.
In a segment that aired on PBS late Thursday, Hogan said:
‘I think we do need an inquiry because we have to get to the bottom of it. I’m not ready to say I support impeachment and the removal of the president, but I do think we should have an impeachment inquiry… I don’t see any other way to get the facts.’
Hogan did also say he questioned whether the process could be a “fair, objective” one under the leadership of House Democrats, but that doesn’t erase his underlying support for the investigation itself. In making that stand, he joins fellow Republican governors Phil Scott of Vermont and Charlie Baker of Massachusetts.
Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan: “I think we do need an inquiry because we have to get to the bottom of it. I’m not ready to say I support impeachment and the removal of the president but I do think we have to have an impeachment inquiry.” pic.twitter.com/GjaBhOUWA1
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 11, 2019
The closest we’ve come in Congress to that kind of basic support for a basic investigation in the face of evidence demonstrating the president’s scheme might be Utah Senator Mitt Romney’s “deep concern” or whatever about the situation. He’s insisted that it’s wrong for Trump to have asked Ukraine to investigate the Bidens, but he’s declined so far to publicly offer his opinion on the subsequent impeachment inquiry itself, although he’s still attracted mockery from Trump anyway, since that’s the kind of thing that presidents apparently do these days.
Even that low level from Romney is higher than some other high-profile Republicans like Colorado’s Cory Gardner, who flatly refused to say whether it was wrong to ask a foreign country for domestic political help. When confronted by reporters this week, he simply complained about the supposed politicization of the process and said — repeatedly — that there’d be a (Senate) investigation into it.
Trump, of course, has flipped out over the ongoing impeachment inquiry. The other day, for instance, he tweeted:
‘Impeached for what, having created the greatest Economy in the history of our Country, building our strongest ever Military, Cutting Taxes too much?’
Just because he says it’s the greatest economy in the history of the United States blah blah blah doesn’t mean it actually is. He earned laughs during a United Nations speech when he said he had done more than almost any other president for a reason.
Anyway, House Democrats keep moving forward with their investigation — and so do the feds, apparently! This week, two associates of Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani were abruptly arrested right as they were trying to leave the country and charged with a scheme to violate campaign finance laws.
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