(LEX 18) — On Wednesday, the majority of the U.S House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump on two charges, Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress.
Following the vote, Kentucky politicians began releasing statements on the results.
Sen. Rand Paul released the following statement in an email, "Over the past several weeks, we have seen sham hearings, selected witnesses, and Democrats who have contorted the facts to fit a fictional narrative. It is shameful that from the first day of this duly elected presidency, these Democrats have been determined to impeach him. This has been unnecessary, distracting, and counterproductive. The Senate will not continue this partisan abuse of power and should at once put an end to the charade.”
Congressman James Comer released the following statement in an email, "Since the beginning of this impeachment inquiry, it’s been disheartening to see the partisan, divisive way in which Democrats have carried out this entire process. House Democrats have been trying to impeach the President ever since the day he took office as part of a baseless attempt to undo the will of 63 million Americans who voted for President Trump. These articles were written and built on a report that was drafted with biased presumptions, cherry-picked witnesses, and “facts” that are vastly disputed. The President did not commit any impeachable offenses, and it’s clear for all to see through the now very well-known phone call transcript. This sets a concerning precedent for “impeachable offenses” moving forward, and I wholeheartedly oppose these baseless articles of impeachment against President Trump.”
Rep. Andy Barr took to Twitter to respond to what he called the Democrat's "hyper-partisan, two-and-a-half-year plan to impeach President Trump."
Today is a sad day for our country, as House Democrats voted to move forward with their hyper-partisan, two-and-a-half-year plan to impeach President Trump. pic.twitter.com/0lKKsbZXgD— Rep. Andy Barr (@RepAndyBarr) December 19, 2019
Since before he was even sworn in to office, Democrats have touted their plan to reverse the results of the 2016 election – and they are trying to do so less than a year before Americans have a chance to rate the President’s job performance on their own at the polls.— Rep. Andy Barr (@RepAndyBarr) December 19, 2019
The Republican Party of Kentucky released a statement in an email on what they referred to as the "Democrats' sham impeachment vote."
“The political gamesmanship of Nancy Pelosi’s partisan witch hunt knows no bounds,” Republican Party of Kentucky spokesman Mike Lonergan said. “Fortunately, Kentucky’s Republicans in the U.S. House all voted against the Democrat Party’s sham impeachment. Kentucky Republicans stand with President Donald Trump, and we are looking forward to doing all we can to see that he is reelected in 2020.”