Smucker, Perry blast Dems' impeachment probe
The two members of Congress representing York County went off on House Democrats on Tuesday after Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the opening of an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine.
Pelosi, D-Calif., announced Tuesday evening the official opening of an impeachment inquiry following a whistleblower complaint against the president, the existence of which became known to Congress and the public this past week.
U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker, R-Lancaster, quickly implored individuals to be skeptical of the motivations for an impeachment investigation.
"Democrats are rushing to impeachment without the facts — and the facts are currently unclear," Smucker said.
U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-Carroll Township, later echoed the skepticism and criticized Pelosi for allegedly giving into the push by more progressive Democrats that he has long labeled as socialists.
“Democrats have been trying get rid of this president since before he was even sworn into office," Perry said. "Speaker Pelosi’s decision to pursue impeachment — based on unsubstantiated, indirect and anonymous allegations — only shows that she's finally given in to the socialist wing of the Democrat Party."
Support within the Democratic Party for an impeachment inquiry gained traction after intelligence Inspector General Michael Atkinson said a whistleblower complaint was of "urgent concern."
Allegedly, Trump withheld military aid from Ukraine while urging that country probe the business dealings of former Vice President Joe Biden, a front-runner in the Democratic field seeking to challenge Trump, and Biden's son.
Congress hasn't yet seen the complaint.
Smucker likened the impeachment probe to years of rancor of former special counsel Robert Mueller's report, which led to multiple convictions but didn't damage the president. The likes of Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., spent two years spouting falsehoods and over-promising about what might be in Mueller's report on Russian election interference, Smucker said.
"The Democrats have made clear that their partisan obstruction agenda of impeaching the president is more important than actually solving the issues the American people elected us to solve,” Smucker said.
Trump admitted he had a conversation with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky in which he asked the country to investigate Hunter Biden, the son of presidential candidate Joe Biden; Hunter Biden sat on the board of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian gas company.
Trump on Tuesday announced he'd release the full, unedited transcripts on Wednesday. Democrats, however, demanded the release of the inspector general's report.
"(Trump) is asking a foreign government to help him in his campaign," Pelosi said on Tuesday when announcing the impeachment inquiry. "That is a betrayal of his oath of office.”
Republicans — including Perry, as evidenced by past votes on resolutions to initiate impeachment — have largely opposed an impeachment inquiry. Trump on Tuesday called it "presidential harassment" and "a witch hunt" on Twitter.
The GOP has been more focused on attacking the Bidens, alleging they used Joe Biden's influence and Hunter Biden's board position to aid the gas company. Multiple media outlets have debunked the claims.
— Logan Hullinger can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter at @LoganHullYD.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect Rep. Perry's comments.