Hartzler on the Impeachment Inquiry Vote
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler issued the following statement after voting against the impeachment inquiry into President Trump:
“We cannot allow Speaker Pelosi and Chairman Adam Schiff to legitimize this tainted process. They have spent the past five weeks holding secret meetings, not allowing Republicans to call in witnesses, and have barred the majority of Members of Congress from access to the materials collected during these hearings,” Hartzler said. “This is a sham that doesn’t deserve the time of day.”
“Today’s resolution attempts to portray new transparency and fairness but falls far short of the processes of the past.
“For example, this resolution pretends to allow the minority to call witnesses, but it gives Chairman Schiff ultimate power to veto those requests. It continues to keep documents away from Members of Congress and denies President Trump due process in the Intelligence Committee proceedings afforded to every other American citizen. That’s not fairness. It’s a ruse, and I refuse to validate such an unfair process with my vote.
“The 746,000 Missourians I represent deserve to have that open process. On November 8th, 2016 nearly 138 million people casted their vote to decide the occupant of the White House. Now, Democrats are using any means necessary to remove President Trump because they couldn’t beat him in the ballot box.
“Rather than wasting time on unfair hearings, we should be focusing on the work of the American public, including passing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), addressing the rising cost of health care and prescription drugs, and securing our borders.
“Our time is better spent working on these important issues that hardworking Americans must face every day and not the political theatrics of Washington,” Hartzler concluded.