Republican Governors of Vermont and Massachusetts Say They Support Impeachment Inquiry of Trump

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott speaks at a news conference on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, in Essex Junction, Vt., where he said he supported an impeachment inquiry into the actions of President Donald Trump. Scott is the first Republican governor to publicly come out in favor of the impeachment inquiry, but says he wants to know the facts before any further actions are taken. – Photo: Wilson Ring, AP

For the first time, two Republican governors have publicly supported the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, a new development in an intensifying political fracas that has so far been largely partisan.

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, both outspoken critics of Trump, said Thursday that they favored the investigation, but Scott added that he would wait for more information before calling for further action against the president.

In a statement to The Washington Post, Scott called the inquiry “appropriate” and said it is a key part of Congress’s duty as a co-equal branch of government.

“I think we have much more to learn and need to understand all the facts as this serious allegation is considered,” he said. “Congress has a solemn responsibility to every American to fulfill its role in our government system of checks and balances.”

But impeachment, he cautioned, “is a very serious issue and should not be taken lightly or abused.”

At a Thursday event, Baker told reporters that, “It’s a deeply disturbing situation and circumstance and I think the proper role and responsibility for Congress at this point is to investigate it and get to the bottom of it.”

As governors, however, Scott and Baker have no role in the formal process, so their break from the Republican ranks is largely symbolic.

So far, two Senate Republicans have publicly expressed serious concern over revelations that Trump repeatedly urged the Ukrainian president to investigate former vice president Joe Biden, one of his foremost political rivals.

“There’s obviously a lot that’s very troubling there,” said Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., on Wednesday, adding that Democrats should still be careful when using the word “impeach.”

Sasse opposed Trump’s 2016 candidacy, but he has since won the president’s favor – and a Trump endorsement of his reelection bid.

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Source: Stamford Advocate