Alaska politicians react to US House impeachment inquiry
Alaska political figures are responding to the U.S. House's decision to move forward with an official inquiry to impeach President Donald Trump.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the plan from Washington, D.C. Tuesday. The announcement comes after reports of the president's call with the President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine, where he allegedly told Zelensky to investigate Hunter Biden, the son of presidential candidate Joe Biden, who worked for a Ukrainian gas company.
"This week, the president has admitted to asking the president of Ukraine to take actions which would benefit him politically," Pelosi said from the Capitol. "The actions of the Trump presidency revealed dishonorable facts of the president's betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of national security and betrayal of the integrity of our elections."
Congressman Don Young released a statement saying Democrats in Congress "have acted as sore losers" who have spent their time undermining the president and his policies.
"House Democrats tried to take down President Trump with the Mueller Report and failed," Young said. "Frankly, impeachment is not only a political stunt, but a waste of time. I do not support impeachment, and while President Trump and I do not agree on every issue, I have not seen evidence of an impeachable offense."
Young concluded his statement by saying time and resources should not be spent on the upcoming 2020 general election.
Casey Steinau, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party, supported the House's action and said elected officials are not exempt from following federal law.
"We cannot stand by and allow this basic principle of our system to break down, or we have lost our country," Steinau said.
President Trump says U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has received approval from the Ukrainian government to release the call transcript between the two heads of state.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
Correction: A previous version of this story omitted the word incorrectly stated Rep. Young believed time and resources should be spent on the upcoming election. This has been corrected.
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