IM­PEACH­MENT DI­VIDE

Lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives re­act to Pres­i­dent Trump im­peach­ment

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Ni­cholas Buo­nanno nbuo­[email protected]­i­tal­first­media.com As­sis­tant Se­nior Edi­tor

NEW YORK >> Lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives shared their thoughts and re­ac­tions to the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives pass­ing two ar­ti­cles of im­peach­ment against Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump Wed­nes­day night.

U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Am­s­ter­dam, along with U.S. Rep. An­to­nio Del­gado, D-Rhinebeck, voted to ap­prove H.Res. 755, a res­o­lu­tion im­peach­ing Trump.

The res­o­lu­tion es­tab­lishes two ar­ti­cles of im­peach­ment of Trump for abuse of power and ob­struc­tion of Congress.

Ar­ti­cle I, which passed by a vote of 230–197, im­peaches Trump for his abuse of power in so­lic­it­ing the in­ter­fer­ence of Ukraine in the 2020 U.S. pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

Ar­ti­cle II, which passed by a vote of 229–198, im­peaches Trump for his ob­struc­tion of

Congress by di­rect­ing a cam­paign of de­fi­ance of sub­poe­nas is­sued by the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives in fur­ther­ance of the House’s im­peach­ment in­quiry.

“It is with both pro­found sor­row and an abun­dance of pa­tri­o­tism that I cast my vote in fa­vor of the res­o­lu­tion to im­peach Pres­i­dent Trump,” Tonko said Wed­nes­day night af­ter the vote. “As con­ceived in our found­ing doc­u­ments, Im­peach­ment is an ex­tra­or­di­nary rem­edy which, af­ter thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion and fact-find­ing, I be­lieve is re­quired in these ex­tra­or­di­nary times.

“I do not reach this de­ci­sion out of any dis­like of the Pres­i­dent, but rather out of love for our coun­try and our Con­sti­tu­tion, the doc­u­ment that makes us the strong democ­racy that we are and the envy of the world.

“By pres­sur­ing Ukraine to open an in­ves­ti­ga­tion aimed at harm­ing a do­mes­tic po­lit­i­cal ri­val, Pres­i­dent Trump in­vited for­eign in­ter­fer­ence into our elec­toral process and cast doubt as to whether ‘we the peo­ple’ could ex­pect a free and fair elec­tion in 2020. “Sim­i­larly, as the House DI­VIDE >> PAGE 2

NI­CHOLAS BUO­NANNO - MEDIANEWS GROUP FILE

U.S. Rep. An­to­nio Del­gado, left, and U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, right, par­tic­i­pate in a dis­cus­sion ear­lier this year.

MANUEL BALCE CENETA

Rep. Elise Ste­fanik, R-N.Y., front left, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, right, and other Re­pub­li­can mem­bers of the House In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee, speak to mem­bers of the me­dia as they con­clude the tes­ti­mony of U.S. Am­bas­sador to the Eu­ro­pean Union Gor­don Sond­land, dur­ing a pub­lic im­peach­ment hear­ing of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s ef­forts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to in­ves­ti­ga­tions of his po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents on Capi­tol Hill in Wash­ing­ton, Wed­nes­day, Nov. 20, 2019.

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