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Post Mueller press conference, Hudson Valley reps still oppose impeachment

May 30, 2019 2:33 pm
Dan Freedman in the Albany Times Union reports that after Special Counsel Robert Mueller pointed out May 29 that it is up to Congress to impeach a president who has clearly committed crimes, none of the Hudson Valley representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives changed their opinion. They are united, a Republican and three Democrats, all against impeachment. "I did not come to Washington to impeach the president,” said Rep. Antonio Delgado, a Democrat from Rhinebeck. “However, I also did not come here to have the president steamroll Congress's constitutional duty to protect the rule of law and pursue the truth wherever that might lead." Rep. Elise Stefanik, a Republican from Schuylerville, agreed impeachment is not required, but only commented on Mueller listing Russian interference in the 2016 elections. "There was clear and intentional meddling in our elections by Russia, and Congress must hold them accountable," Stefanik said. "That's why I have already introduced four bills this Congress to combat Russian interference in our democracy." On May 28 Democrat Paul Tonko held a town hall meeting only about climate change at Hudson Valley Community College. He did not address impeachment, and has only rarely commented on the Mueller report. On May 9 Tonko, who represents Albany County, and other counties, said, "The special counsel's team found ample evidence of troubling and possibly illegal activity by the Trump campaign, including numerous actions that could amount to obstruction of justice," but the Congressperson has not endorsed impeachment. On May 22, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat in the southern Hudson Valley, said "Stay the course," referring the current plan from Democratic leadership in the U.S. House to continue to investigate the president without calling it impeachment. After Mueller spoke May 29, Maloney said, “I have one simple request: read the report. Listen to it on tape. Call my office, and we’ll read it to you.” New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who is also running for president, stepped up her calls for impeachment hearings after Mueller spoke May 29. “The White House has repeatedly stonewalled Congress' ability to take basic fact-finding steps and make an informed decision,” Gillibrand said in a statement. “Combined with the fact that Robert Mueller clearly expects Congress to exercise its constitutional authority and take steps that he could not, it's time for Republicans and Democrats to begin impeachment hearings and follow the facts wherever they may lead.” New York's other senator, Chuck Schumer, has not called for impeachment. Mueller said May 29, “If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.”
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