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.
“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: