‘It is now time for Congress to act’: U.S. Sen. Bob Casey calls for President Trump’s impeachment

Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey Jr. speaks at a rally pushing for gun control laws at the Capitol in Harrisburg on August 7, 2019. The event came just days after two mass shootings in 24 hours killed 31 Americans. (Capital-Star photo by Stephen Caruso)

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., called for President Donald Trump’s impeachment Wednesday, saying revelations the president pressured a foreign government to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden is a “textbook case of abuse of power which demands action.”

Casey, as a member of the Senate, would sit in judgment of Trump if the House eventually introduces and passes articles of impeachment against the Republican president. On Tuesday, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced that the majority-Democrat chamber would begin a formal impeachment inquiry, based on the still-unfolding Ukraine scandal.

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“In order to hold President Trump fully accountable, I support a formal impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives,” Casey said. “My concerns about the president’s conduct have grown over months, particularly as I thoroughly reviewed Special Counsel Mueller’s report. President Trump’s most recent actions with regard to Ukraine have created new urgency to take action. Given this clear abuse of power, I believe I have an obligation to outline the conduct, both during the Russian investigation and the Ukraine matter, that is within the well-established definition of the “high crimes and misdemeanors” that the Senate would consider in an impeachment trial.”

A lengthy statement released by Casey’s office outlines the Scranton Democrat’s argument for the inquiry, laying out the historical background for impeachment; details about the whistleblower report that sparked the Ukraine revelations; as well as matter related to Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and the ensuing probe by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Based on the totality of that, “it is now time for Congress to act,” Casey wrote.

Read Casey’s full statement below:

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., calls for President Donald Trump’s impeachment by jmicek on Scribd

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An award-winning political journalist with more than 25 years' experience in the news business, John L. Micek is The Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. Before joining The Capital-Star, Micek spent six years as Opinion Editor at PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., where he helped shape and lead a multiple-award-winning Opinion section for one of Pennsylvania's most-visited news websites. Prior to that, he spent 13 years covering Pennsylvania government and politics for The Morning Call of Allentown, Pa. His career has also included stints covering Congress, Chicago City Hall and more municipal meetings than he could ever count, Micek contributes regular analysis and commentary to a host of broadcast outlets, including CTV-News in Canada and talkRadio in London, U.K., as well as "Face the State" on CBS-21 in Harrisburg, Pa.; "Pennsylvania Newsmakers" on WGAL-8 in Lancaster, Pa., and the Pennsylvania Cable Network. His weekly column on American politics is syndicated nationwide to more than 800 newspapers by Cagle Syndicate.

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