As you probably expected, members of both the Kansas and Missouri Congressional delegations have weighed in on the whistleblower complaint and Congress’ impeachment inquiry, and their responses break totally along party lines.
Here’s a little of what your Congressional representatives had to say via social media, mostly Twitter, beginning with the Kansas delegation.
Sen. Pat Roberts (R) said in a statement that the left doesn’t want Trump to be president and, that is their sole focus. He said he wants to work on issues such as trade and health care. “The rest of this is political theater,” he said.
Sen. Jerry Moran (R) Moran suggested the 2020 presidential election is the proper vehicle for deciding whether Trump remains in office and said some Democrats in the House have favored impeaching Trump almost since the day he was elected. “It seems to me that wolf has been cried so many times,” he said.
Sharice Davids (D) “These allegations leave the House with no other option than to begin an impeachment inquiry, which allows us to use the full power of our chamber and all the tools at our disposal to uncover the truth. We must follow the facts, wherever they lead.”
Rep. Ron Estes (R) “Since the day after the 2016 election, Democrats have vowed to impeach President Trump and have since spent more than two years searching for a reason to do it. Instead of impeachment, Congress should focus on priorities like the USMCA and accomplishing results for the American people.”
Rep. Roger Marshall (R) “Russia was the first attempt at a made-for-TV witch hunt. Ukraine seems to be the sequel.”
Rep. Steve Watkins (R) “Lying to the American people and fabricating a phone call between foreign leaders to damage a President is reprehensible. That is why I have signed onto @RepAndyBiggsAZ resolution calling for the censure of Chairman Schiff of House Intel.”
We’re covering just a few of the eight Missouri Representatives.
Missouri’s Congressional delegation represents a state that is familiar with the prospect of impeaching a chief executive. Then-Gov. Eric Greitens faced almost certain impeachment in the House before resigning and turning over the governorship to Mike Parson. Many Republicans have been pleased with how Parson stabilized the executive branch after months of turmoil in 2018.
Sen. Roy Blount (R) Asked if it would be better for the federal government if Trump voluntarily stepped aside and allowed Vice President Mike Pence to succeed him, Blunt replied: “I think voters in the country get to make these kinds of decisions.”
If the House impeaches Trump, Blount is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which will conduct impeachment hearings in the Senate.
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D) “This is absolutely unacceptable. It’s clear the President understands he’s been caught red-handed and has now moved to normalize this kind of corrupt behavior. If the United States is to remain a sovereign democracy, we cannot allow this to become the new norm. GOP must speak out.”
Rep. Lacy Clay (R) “The American people get it. They understand that the president violated his Oath of Office and violated the law. When will my #GOP colleagues stop defending this mess and start defending the #Constitution #AbuseOfPower #ExposeTheTruth #NationalSecurity #ImpeachmentNow.”
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R) “This is selective outrage targeted towards the President and deflects from former Vice President Joe Biden’s egregious involvement in Ukrainian affairs during the previous administration.”
Rep. Josh Hawley(R) “We face a crisis on the Southern border, a crisis of meth pouring into our towns, a crisis of youth suicide, an epic fight with China for our jobs and maybe our national security — and the Democrats’ top priority is to … impeach @realDonaldTrump. Says it all.”