From Former Quigley Supporter:
Lauren Underwood Comes Out for Impeachment Inquiry
Congresswoman Lauren Underwood, in a tweet at 2:51PM Chicago time today (8/20), joined the other 127 Democrats who support an impeachment inquiry of President Trump.
Her full statement which was tweeted is below:
Here is her statement in larger type:
“No person in America is above the law, including the President of the United States. The Mueller Report lays out substantial evidence that the President’s campaign worked with a foreign adversary to influence an election. The President has stated he would welcome foreign help to win the 2020 election. I find this extremely concerning. The Mueller Report gave us a lot of information, but it left open a lot of key questions that House committees are investigating.
“I have long stated that I support the impeachment-related investigation by Chairman Nadler and the others being pursued by 5 other committee Chairs-the American people deserve all the facts and full transparency. And, Congress needs this information to inform a decision to move forward with the very sobering act of drafting articles of impeachment, and just as importantly, we need the information to better understand how our election was influenced by a foreign adversary to prevent it from ever happening again.
“The petition Chairman Nadler filed on July 26 clearly states that ‘the Judiciary Committee is investigating whether to recommend Articles of Impeachment, essentially an impeachment inquiry.’ I support this investigation. I find it sobering that a lot of the conversation is being framed in terms of winners and losers. Let me be clear: no one wins when Congress is compelled to investigate impeachment or bring about articles of impeachment. This is a tragedy for our country.”
As of 6:45PM on Tuesday evening, none of the 14th district Republican candidates for Congress have commented nor issued a statement on Underwood’s decision.
COMMENTARY: Congresswoman Lauren Underwood just made a huge mistake with her decision to back the formal impeachment inquiry of President Trump.
Not only is it a major reversal of what she said prevented her from supporting an impeachment inquiry a little over three weeks ago in San Francisco, her statement tells a huge lie about the Mueller report which brings Underwood’s judgement into serious question.
The Mueller report cleared the President of collusion with the Russians concerning the 2016 elections that Underwood claims in her statement.
The President’s welcome of foreign help were ill-chosen words on his part which he quickly corrected, and most reasonable people took that statement as a joke, in poor taste, but a joke.
While the professionals at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) and the Congressional Leadership Fund SuperPAC remind voters what Underwood said in San Francisco, below is Underwood’s full statement why she said, on July 29, she was against an impeachment inquiry:
The community is NOT with Congresswoman Underwood on this and by Underwood’s own words from July 29 in San Francisco, her decision today is a power grab and Underwood is no better than what she is accusing President Trump.
So is Underwood going to impeach herself?
But more importantly, what changed in the past 3 weeks and 1 day when she said those words in San Francisco opposing an impeachment inquiry?
Congress has been on its August recess, so to my knowledge, she has not been back to Washington since her trip to San Francisco.
She did travel to Central America with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who represents San Francisco and 10 other Democrats and 1 Republican, but she said nothing about impeachment there, just some Democratic talking point attack against the Trump Administration enforcing immigration laws by raiding businesses in Mississippi at a press conference in McAllen, TX.
And yes, an audience member did ask Speaker Pelosi at that press conference when the House was going to impeach President Trump, which Pelosi quickly said that is another press conference for another time, which is consistent with Pelosi’s opposition to an impeachment inquiry.
Maybe Governor’s Day last Wednesday and mingling with Illinois Democrats in Springfield was what changed Underwood’s mind, but House Speaker Pelosi was the keynote speaker there, too, and as stated above, she is opposed to impeachment.
One thing is certain, 14th district voters do not favor an impeachment inquiry and Underwood will learn sooner than later how huge of a mistake in judgement her flip-flop on supporting an impeachment inquiry truly is because her own words from July 29 condemn her.
- Crain’s Chicago Business Link: https://www.chicagobusiness.com/greg-hinz-politics/underwood-backs-trump-impeachment-inquiry