Pa. Rep. Conor Lamb says he’s a ‘yes’ on impeachment

U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb, D-17th District, at an appearance at Robert Morris University in Allegheny County (WikiMedia Commons)

With the House moving ahead with debate on two impeachment articles against President Donald Trump, one more Pennsylvania lawmaker is saying he’s a “yes” vote.

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U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb, D-17th District, said Thursday that he “[thinks] the articles were pretty carefully written and that they match the evidence that I’ve spent a lot of time reviewing,” Lamb said. “And so I intend to support both articles,” WESA-FM in Pittsburgh reports. The news was first broken by the Beaver County Times in Lamb’s home district.

Lamb opposed impeachment articles in the wake of the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian meddling in the 2016 election. But in this case, the former federal prosecutor said “here the standard has been met by the evidence that we’ve all seen play out over the last couple of months.”

“Our main national security interest in eastern Europe is to oppose [Vladimir] Putin and the Russians,” Lamb added. And that was the motivation behind Congressional authorization of military aid to Ukraine, Lamb told the station.

“When we took that vote and we approved the weapons to be sent to Ukraine, then find out that the president stood in the way of that and then instead of opposing Putin, he was opposing Vice President [Joe] Biden, that for me is when it goes from using his office to him abusing his office,” Lamb told WESA-FM.

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The House Judiciary Committee started debating impeachment articles on Wednesday in a rare evening session. That debate continued Thursday and a floor vote could come as soon as next week. Observers believe the majority-Democrat House will pass the articles on a party-line vote, while Trump will most likely not be convicted by the majority-Republican U.S. Senate.

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.