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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Capitol Insider: More Ohio Democrats move closer to calling for Trump’s impeachment

Jun 2, 2019
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The Washington Post has totaled more than 40 members of Congress who support impeaching President Donald Trump, but only one Ohioan is on that list.

Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Cleveland, added her name to articles of impeachment way back in November 2017.

But others are getting closer.

Central Ohio Democrat Joyce Beatty said in a released statement: “Special counsel (Robert) Mueller made it crystal clear that Trump was not exonerated — in fact, his report concluded the exact opposite. That is why I support Congress continuing to use our oversight and investigative tools to get to the bottom of any wrongdoing. I ultimately believe this process will lead to an impeachment inquiry, which I would support for the people and to keep America great.”

Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, says he is “a lot closer” to favoring impeachment than he was before Mueller’s comments last week.

“I don’t want to impeach him,” he said Thursday morning on NPR. “I’ve been around 20 years. I know exactly what will happen. It’s going to be very divisive for the country. But it looks like we have to, because he is not a king.”

Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, “will wait for guidance from the Judiciary Committee on its investigations and continuing work,” a spokesman told Dispatch Washington Bureau reporter Jessica Wehrman.

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, meanwhile, “is not supporting impeachment at this time, and Mr. Mueller’s comments did not change that,” a spokeswoman for Brown said.

GOP unchanged

Of course, no Ohio Republicans want any part of impeachment.

After Mueller’s remarks, Rep. Bill Johnson of Marietta said, “There was no collusion between Donald Trump, his campaign or any American and the Russians — and the Justice Department found there was no obstruction. ‘Russia-gate’ was a false conspiracy; we knew that long before today.”

Then there’s Troy Balderson.

A series of tweets that accused the Zanesville Republican of not even reading the Mueller report are “completely and utterly fabricated,” a Balderson spokesman told Wehrman.

Amplified by Democratic blogger Plunderbund, the tweets said a Balderson constituent called to ask whether he had read the report and was told Balderson had not because “there was no need, because A.G. (Attorney General William) Barr said there was nothing there.”

Nonsense, said Clark Siddle, a Balderson spokesman, who said the aide mentioned in the tweet said he had said no such thing to any constituent.

“The congressman read the Mueller report weeks ago, after it was released,” Siddle said. “Any contrary claim from leftist social media trolls and activists is completely and utterly fabricated.”

Officers and gun laws

The February 2018 shooting deaths of two Westerville police officers was cited by Westerville City Council member Valerie Cumming in testimony last week against a bill that would remove Ohio requirements for those who carry concealed weapons to obtain training and a permit, and to notify law-enforcement officers of a weapon if pulled over. Council members voted 6-1 last month to oppose the measure.

“This was the darkest day our city has ever experienced. We are truly a community that has been touched, deeply and personally, by gun violence,” she told the House Federalism Committee.

“Our citizens look to us, their local government officials, for protection, just as we now look to you. Our city continues to mourn the loss of our police officers. We ask that you please consider the safety of all first-responders as well as everyday citizens and join Westerville in opposing House Bill 178.”

This article was originally published by The Columbus Dispatch on June 2, 2019.