By Charlie Deitch
Pittsburgh Current Editor
U.S. Congressman Mike Doyle says allegations that President Donald Trump extorted the Ukranian government for his own political agenda requires the immediate convening of an impeachment inquiry.
“The allegations in the reports that I have seen are mind-boggling. That the President of the United States would withhold Congressionally directed funds to an ally in need, in order to compel it to smear a political rival, seems to amount to blatant extortion for personal political gain,” Doyle wrote in a statement. “Several months ago, I called for an impeachment inquiry of President Trump to begin immediately, and I have been frustrated and angry that the Trump Administration has stonewalled Congress and refused to comply with valid subpoenas as we have exercised our Constitutional oversight responsibilities.
“I believe that the recent allegations only add to the urgency of a full and immediate impeachment inquiry – and that Congress must use all of the powers granted it by the Constitution to carry out its oversight responsibilities and get the facts. If the latest allegations are accurate, that would be a gross misuse of the powers of his office on a number of levels and, in my opinion, an impeachable offense.”
According to Washington Post report last week, a whistleblower came forward saying that Trump made inappropriate promises to the Ukrainian Government. Earlier today, Trump promised to release the phone call he had with Ukranian officials. According to today’s Post, “Trump allegedly asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Hunter Biden, the son of former vice president and possible 2020 opponent Joe Biden, according to an intelligence official turned whistleblower who reported the call to the intelligence community inspector general. The Trump administration has blocked Congress from seeing the complaint.”
We’ll have more on this breaking story as it becomes available.