Earlier this morning, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump would begin. Hawaii’s congressmen and congresswomen took to the news and social media to articulate their positions.
Representative Tulsi Gabbard, who is also seeking the democratic presidential nomination for 2020, went on Fox News yesterday, where she was asked about her stance on impeachment:
“I’ve been consistent in saying that I believe that impeachment at this juncture would be terribly divisive for the country at a time when we are already extremely divided,” Gabbard said. “Hyper-partisanship is one of the main things that’s driving our country apart. I think it’s important to defeat Donald Trump, that’s why I’m running for president, but I think it’s the American people who need to make their voices heard in making that decision.”
Senator Mazie Hirono, who has called for an impeachment inquiry in the past, went on CNN to explain what is different about this time:
“I think there’s more concrete evidence. Even if the president didn’t say ‘hey by the way, leader of Ukraine, I’m holding back money, I’ll release it if you investigate Biden.’ You don’t have to have the president actually say that. The president knows that his conversations are monitored. But one should be able to connect the dots, and I think there’s evidence. Not to mention the whistleblower who sent a complaint to his [inspector general].
“It all adds up after a while. The cumulative impact of all the things that this president does to flaunt the law adds up. You get to the point where he’s actually having some kind of a quid pro quo kind of a deal that he’s trying to make with the leader of the Ukraine, that’s beyond the pale.”
Senator Brian Schatz was less vocal than either Hirono or Gabbard, but still communicated his support of the impeachment inquiry in a simple tweet:
Shortly after, he also tweeted: “Exposing corruption is good and won’t backfire. I’ve got more but I don’t want to overwhelm you.”
Representative Ed Case released a statement on Tuesday afternoon in support of impeachment:
“The allegations that the President pressured a foreign country to investigate a domestic political opponent and withheld foreign assistance as leverage, to go with his Director of National Intelligence’s refusal to produce the whistleblower’s complaint and independent Inspector General’s report to Congress as required by law, go to the core of this or any President’s constitutional duties and our national security.
“Together with other claimed breaches and the President’s continued obstruction of Congressional oversight, they fully justify Congress reviewing potential impeachment.
“This review must continue to be responsible, deliberate and fact-based, focused not on policy differences but on upholding and defending our Constitution.
“And key to that is whether the President fully complies with Congress’ requests for the facts and all of the facts, including the transcripts of his conversations with the Ukraine, the whistleblower’s complaint and Inspector General’s report, and the full and unrestricted testimony of the Director of National Intelligence to Congress.”