Rep. Wild Statement on Impeachment Inquiry
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Susan Wild (PA-07) released the following statement:
“The use of one’s public office to target political opponents and invite foreign interference in our elections is unequivocally unacceptable. Equally troubling is the President’s repeated obstruction and stonewalling of Congress’s constitutional oversight responsibilities. Today, I am announcing that, should the administration continue to withhold the whistleblower complaint at the heart of this matter, I will support an impeachment inquiry of the President of the United States. Because the House of Representatives has thus far been deprived of its ability to check the Executive in the way our nation’s founders intended, I view such an inquiry as the only way to get all of the facts and establish whether this President did, in fact, leverage the disbursement of foreign aid in exchange for Ukrainian interference in our election.
“If these allegations are true, I want to be very clear about what they mean: the President of the United States used his Office—and taxpayer dollars—to coerce a foreign leader to investigate his political rival for purposes of bolstering his 2020 re-election prospects. That would be an unprecedented abuse of presidential power warranting the most severe and swift remedy contemplated in our Constitution: impeachment.
“When the people of the 7th Congressional District gave me the honor of representing them in Congress, I promised to respect the political differences in our community and represent the interests of all my constituents, regardless of political affiliation or non-affiliation. Make no mistake, in my swing district, this is not the politically expedient decision. However, should we have to proceed down this route, it is the only decision that would be consistent with the oath I took to support and defend the Constitution and uphold the laws of the United States. As this process unfolds, I want my constituents to know that my top priorities remain unchanged: I will continue to be laser-focused on improving the everyday lives of hardworking Pennsylvanians across the Greater Lehigh Valley and advancing my important work on the Education & Labor, Foreign Affairs, and Ethics Committees.”