Senator Lankford Comments On Impeachment; But How Did We Get To This Point?

by Taylor Bryant

CHECOTAH (ENN) – Oklahoma Senator James Lankford said everyone should read up on the history and records related to the impeachment proceedings happening now in Washington, D.C. against President Donald J. Trump. 

Senator Lankford made the comments during his October 10th community meeting in Checotah.  He was critical of the way impeachment talks began.

“Two hundred of my Democratic colleagues said we want to start an impeachment investigation,” Lankford said, “Quite frankly, for the American people, I wish that they would’ve waited until all the information came out.” He added that the Democratic lawmakers began the impeachment inquiry before anyone, including lawmakers, had seen the information.

“I encourage everyone to read the Ukraine transcript and the whistleblower report,” Lankford said.

Congress plans on voting for impeachment before Christmas, but it could happen by Thanksgiving. 

According to a recent Fox News poll, more than 50% of Americans support the impeachment of President Trump.

The talk of impeachment stems from allegations that the President requested officials in Ukraine conduct an investigation that could help his political campaign.

On September 24, 2019, President Trump released transcripts of a conversation on the phone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that took place on July 25 of this year. The President declassified the transcripts after being accused of interfering with former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign.

You can view the conversation uploaded by Fox News by clicking here.

The release of the transcript was met with an immediate reaction from party leaders on both sides of the aisle. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California) launched an Impeachment Inquiry on President Trump. 

Vermont Governor Phil Scott and Massachusetts Governor Charles Baker were the first republican politicians to voice their support for the inquiry. 

There has also been information about the conversations leaked by an anonymous whistleblower.

Representative Adam Schiff (D-California) initially indicated he spoke to the whistleblower, but later retracted that statement.  According to FactCheck.org, Schiff had said his committee had an “outline” of the complaint prior to it being filed. He later told MSNBC, “We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower.” Schiff added lawmakers “would like to” speak with the anonymous whistleblower.

You can view the whistleblower report from The Washington Post by clicking here.

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