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Tonko now supports impeachment inquiry

Jun 04, 2019 8:45 am
The Times Union is reporting U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko has become the first local Congress member to back an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. The Amsterdam Democrat said he believed it was Congress' constitutional duty after reading the contents of special counsel Robert Mueller's report into Russian interference in the 2016 election. "After careful review of the evidence and testimony currently available, and in service to my oath, it is my judgment that Congress needs to accept the baton being handed to us by Mr. Mueller and open an impeachment inquiry to more fully assess the Constitutional implications of seemingly criminal actions by the President and his campaign, and to determine whether formal impeachment charges need to be filed," Tonko said in a statement June 3. More than 40 House Democrats have called on House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler to start impeachment proceedings, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has so far rejected that option. U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, a Democrat from Rhinebeck who represents the 19th Congressional District, remains opposed to impeachment. “I very much support the leadership’s position at this point to continue to investigate,” Delgado said at a town hall meeting in Ulster County last week. “There is a process here, and that process needs to unfold.” Read the full story in the Times Union.