LEX 18 interviews Andy Barr about impeachment issues

Posted at 6:23 PM, Sep 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-25 18:23:31-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — While we've seen a groundswell of support for impeachment amongst democratic lawmakers, at this point Republicans continue to stand firmly behind President Donald Trump.

This also includes most of the Kentucky Congressional Delegation.

LEX 18's Mike Valente spoke with Rep. Andy Barr, who has dismissed the investigation into Trump as a politically motivated witch hunt.

Democratic lawmakers are sounding the alarm and calling the phone call conversation between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky a smoking gun.

In the Kentucky Congressional Delegation, Congressman John Yarmuth appeared to be on an island by himself. Yarmuth, from Louisville, took to Twitter on Tuesday and implored his colleagues to join him in jumping in the impeachment pool.

Barr has resisted those calls and argued that Trump's comments do not suggest to a quid pro quo.

"The president in this call is doing exactly what may democrats in Congress have been asking him to do for several years, which is to say investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election," Barr said.

In a FaceTime conversation with Mike Valente on Wednesday, Barr did not directly address the conversation surrounding Joe Biden and instead focused on a more cryptic part of the call, where Trump appeared to suggest Zelensky investigate Crowdstrike.

Crowdstrike is the US company that helped the DNC investigate the 2016 hack by the Russians. Despite Barr's assertion, democrats have not asked Trump to solicit foreign help to investigate the hack.

"The democrats continue to careen from one impeachment theory to another, and nothing seems to stick... So, they continue to contrive new theories that would justify an impeachment hearing," Barr said.

Barr is a member of the House Financial Services Committee, which is one of six bodies that now has jurisdiction over impeachment. Barr agreed that Congress should see everything and focus on the facts, but he also said issuing subpoenas for documents like Trump's tax returns are part of a fishing expedition.