South Carolina Representative and House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn has joined the swelling number of Democrats supporting the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump’s recent Ukrainian interactions.
“My approach is always to proceed with reason and not emotion, which is why I have supported methodical oversight of this President in order to uncover evidence of any abuses of power,” Clyburn said. “Recent revelations and allegations that the President used the power of his office to force a foreign government to attack a political rival, and may be directing subordinates to violate the law requiring the transmission of a whistleblower complaint to Congress, constitute an egregious violation of his constitutional duties. This is about protecting our national security, standing up for the rule of law, and patriotism. I support the official impeachment inquiry announced by the Speaker today.”
Speaker Nancy Pelosi officially announced the inquiry on Tuesday afternoon, accusing Trump of seeking help from a foreign leader to damage a political opponent. Trump released a “rough” transcript of the phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and has publicly acknowledged he asked Zelensky to investigate Biden’s son who serves on the Board of a Ukrainian gas company.
What is unknown is whether Trump threatened to withhold aid to Ukraine unless the investigation into Biden’s family occurred.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff is suspicious that the transcript provided by the White House will not consist of the full conversation.
“We certainly know we can’t rely on the White House to be forthcoming,” Schiff said. “If there’s anything we know from the Mueller investigation, it’s that this president will go to extraordinary lengths to obstruct an investigation into his misconduct.”
South Carolina Representative Tom Rice continued his unwavering support of Trump on Twitter calling the inquiry “disappointing” and criticizing Democrats for not waiting for the President to voluntarily turn over evidence. That statement was made on Tuesday, after the White House had continuously blocked the release of the original whistleblower complaint which brought the issue to light. That is also in addition to the fact that Rudy Guiliani, who does not have an official government position publicly stated he was provided access to the transcript while Congress was still being left in the dark.
Rice followed up his support of Trump with another tweet downplaying the President’s actions suggesting the inquiry is just one of many failed attempts to attack the president. His concern, instead of potential Constitutional violations by the President, is “improving the lives of Americans and South Carolinians.”
Interestingly on September 17, Rice praised the anniversary of the signing of the of the Constitution on Facebook…the same document the President is accused of violating.