Two thumbs down from Long on Impeachment Inquiry
Washington, October 31, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Rep. Billy Long (R-MO.) released the following statement regarding his no vote today on House Democrats’ Impeachment Inquiry resolution.
“On January 20, 2017, the day President Trump took office, the Washington Post’s headline read, ‘The Campaign to Impeach President Trump has Begun.’ Since that day, Democrats have clearly expressed a desire to impeach our duly-elected president and have relentlessly pursued a path to impeachment by any means necessary,” said Rep. Long.
“For over a month, Democrats have hosted secret hearings in the basement of the Capitol, denying Members of Congress their right under House Rules to read transcripts from those hearings, and they have cherry-picked information to leak to the public in an effort to control the narrative.
“Today, House Democrats passed a resolution that does nothing to promote fairness or transparency and breaks with traditions established in previous impeachments that give rights to the minority party. Further, this resolution does nothing to force Chairman Schiff to ever release these transcripts to the American people, and gives him the power to withhold evidence that doesn’t support his case from both the Judiciary Committee and from the president’s counsel.
“I am appalled that House Democrats would pass a resolution that attempts to circumvent the will of the American people in an effort to remove the president that they elected. The way this body handles impeachments sets the tone for how every future impeachment is conducted; closed-door hearings and leaking falsified information is not part of the legacy this Congress should strive to leave behind.”