Quigley Statement on Opening an Impeachment Inquiry
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement on opening an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump:
“This week, Special Counsel Robert Mueller said two incredibly important things. First, he again emphasized that if he could have absolved the President of obstruction of justice, he would have done so. Second, he reminded us that our country's electoral process came under attack by a foreign power during the 2016 election.
“What the Special Counsel was saying is that the ball is in Congress’s court.
“The President’s unacceptable obstruction of legitimate congressional investigations and his abuses of power have left Congress with only one option to continue to fulfill our Constitutional responsibilities:
“We must open an impeachment inquiry.”
Quigley joined MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” yesterday to add his voice to the growing call to begin an impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives. Below is a link to the full interview and excerpts from the interview.
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“For me, it was never a question of whether the President was fit for office- he is not; it was never a question of whether he has abused his powers- he has; whether he obstructed- he certainly has; and I believe he and his cohorts conspired with the Russians.”
“What's maddening is [the President] and his office and the Attorney General have obstructed after the fact. That made getting subpoenas answered—getting the unredacted report available to Congress—impossible. So, how will we reasonably make a decision as to whether other crimes and misdemeanors were conducted without getting this information? So, at this point, we have nothing to lose and I think opening an impeachment inquiry will help us get that information.”
“This investigation began at its very start as a counterintelligence investigation. The American public needs to know we are still on that. The House Select Committee on Intelligence continues that work through the subpoena process. The Justice Department just released some of the documentation to us but we are ready to proceed if at any point they stop cooperating. It is extraordinarily important for folks to know that Mueller thought that most of that was outside the scope of his investigation. But it's fair for us to ask whether the President of the United States was compromised. And frankly, I believe he was.”