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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Ohio Democrats in no rush to impeach Trump in aftermath of Mueller report

May 31, 2019
In The News

Some House Democrats may be breaking ranks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over whether to push quickly to impeach President Donald Trump, but the party’s representatives from Ohio appear more inclined to hold off for now and let the congressional investigations move forward at their own pace.

Three of the state’s four House Democrats express reluctance to push to impeach Trump over the newly released Mueller report Tuesday — one day after Pelosi held a conference call with House Democrats trying to tamp down an appetite for impeaching him in the aftermath of Mueller’s newly-released 448–page report.

Rep. Joyce Beatty, D–Jefferson Township, seems to heed Pelosi’s call to hold off for now even though she signed onto an impeachment measure months ago.

“Congress needs greater clarity and the American people deserve to know the full truth before possibly considering impeachment,” she said. “The Constitution makes clear that Congress has a responsibility to ensure that no person — even the president of the United States —is above the law.

“That is why I support the release of the unredacted Mueller Report, call on Attorney General Barr and Special Counsel (Robert) Mueller to testify before Congress, and believe we need to complete the ongoing investigations of this president, members of his administration, campaign, business dealings, and close associates. House Democrats are united in this effort.”

Similarly, Griffin Anderson, a spokeswoman for Rep. Marcy Kaptur said the Toledo Democrat believes “we should do due diligence and follow the facts wherever they go.”

“This process isn’t over,” he said. “The committees of jurisdiction have the right and responsibility to carry on all necessary investigations to find the truth.”

And Rep. Tim Ryan, D–Niles, told Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that he did not support impeachment right now. He did, however, say he believes the president obstructed justice.

“It’s pretty clear that the president obstructed on several different occasions,” said Ryan, who is running for president. “This is very, very, very serious. I believe that the first step is to have (House Judiciary Committee Chairman) Jerry Nadler continue to open up this investigation to better understand this. We are just getting this document. Let the Judiciary Committee look at this. There is a process in place here.”

Bernadine Stallings, a spokeswoman for Rep. Marcia Fudge, D–Cleveland, said she was not sure if Fudge was on the House Democrat call. She also said staff has not discussed the impeachment issue with Fudge. Stallings said she was unable to ask Fudge about the issue on Tuesday.

This article was originally published by the Columbus Dispatch on April 23, 2019.