Rep. Judy Chu has issued a statement detailing why she is on board with an impeachment investigation into President Trump.
Chu, a Democrat whose 25th congressional district includes South Pasadena, issued her statement last week, following House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s announcement that the House would investigate Trump’s conduct on a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Chu joins a majority of House members calling for the inquiry. The allegations against Trump originated in a whistleblower report that Democrats say the White House is withholding from Congress. The House is controlled by Democrats.
“I completely agree with Speaker Pelosi,’’ Chu said in her Sept. 24 statement.
“What President Trump has admitted to is an unacceptable abuse of power. We already know from the Mueller report that the Trump campaign solicited foreign intervention in the 2016 election and then repeatedly tried to hide that fact and obstruct an investigation into it. He has also said that he would welcome foreign involvement again.
“Now, a new report indicates that, true to his word, the president is using his office and the foreign policy of the United States in order to advance his own personal political interests and smear his political opponents. Worse, he is illegally obstructing Congressional investigations by blocking the release of the whistleblower report.
“The only recourse is an impeachment inquiry, during which we will bring to light the facts that President Trump is trying to hide. In doing so, we will make the case to the American people that abusing power, subverting democracy, and obstructing Congress are unacceptable.”
Trump’s accusers allege the president tried to pressure Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden, a potential Trump foe in the 2020 election, and Biden’s son Hunter, over Hunter’s connections to a Ukrainian oil company, looking for political dirt. They say Trump implicitly threatened to withhold military aid to Ukraine.
Trump has insisted that no such threat was ever made or implied, repeatedly calling the call the call with Zelensky “perfect.” The president has also accused Democrats of running a “witch hunt” against him.
Trump reportedly did order congressionally appropriated funds held from Ukraine days before the July phone call with Zelensky, but maintains he was wary of sending U.S. funds into what he termed a corrupt political culture.
“Why would you give money to a country that you think is corrupt?” Trump said.