This article has been updated.
U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy have called for an impeachment inquiry against President Trump.
"I am calling today for a House Select Committee to investigate and move forward with impeachment proceedings against the President. I reached this decision with sadness, but also anger, after the President has repeatedly broken laws and betrayed his oath of office," Blumenthal said on Tuesday, Sept. 24.
Earlier, Murphy warned that the United States is on the verge of turning into a "Banana Republic." Murphy's full statement can be read by clicking here.
The Connecticut Democrat attracted more national media headlines with his comments about President Trump and conversations with the Ukraine president, as reported here by The Hill.
Only two presidents — Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton — have been impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives. Neither was removed from office. A third president, Richard Nixon, resigned amid an impeachment inquiry in 1974. Nixon is the only president to have resigned.
"If we allow President Trump to get away with trading our influence abroad in order to advance his political interests. . . our democracy at home will suffer a potentially mortal blow," Murphy said on Twitter.
Murphy chided Republicans over their largely muted response to a whistleblower complaint: "This is an extraordinary moment. We're watching this country turn into a banana republic. Republicans better be careful what they wish for because a Democratic president could use the same tools that Donald Trump is using to turn the White House into just one big extension of his reelection campaign," Murphy told reporters.
"This is just a head shaking moment for me that Republicans don't give a damn about the national security of this country and are willing to let the president get away with this fundamental corruption. If that is the direction that they take—attacking the whistleblower, trying to cover up this corruption, it's a really, really sad day for the country," Murphy said.
The Democrat said the gravity of the Republican president prodding the new leader of financially-dependent Ukraine to help him investigate any corruption related to former Vice President Joe Biden has given him “some serious thought” to his impeachment stance.
Murphy says he doesn’t know how he can live in a country that allows its president “to openly admit to this kind of corruption and get away with it.” Trump has said his call with the Ukrainian president was “congratulatory” and focused on corruption.
An earlier DV Plus article on Murphy and his own conversation with recently-elected Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky can be found by clicking here.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, released this statement.
Another Connecticut congressman publicly supporting impeachment proceedings is U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, who is a member of the House Intelligence Committee.
Longtime allies of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, including U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, also said Monday night that they would back impeachment proceedings if Trump does not comply with congressional oversight demands.
Earlier on Monday, Trump denied he told Zelensky that he would release stalled U.S. military aid only if he agreed to investigate the Bidens. Trump also accused Biden of doing a “very, very bad thing.”
“Also, who is this so-called ‘whistleblower’ who doesn’t. . .know the correct facts. Is he on our Country’s side. Where does he come from,” Trump tweeted.
Late Tuesday, two more Connecticut congressmen joined the chorus of Democrats calling for impeachment hearings: U.S. Reps. John Larson and Joe Courtney had avoided calling for a probe.
In a statement, Courtney expressed concern the Republican administration won’t release the entire whistleblower complaint concerning multiple conversations Trump had with the new president of Ukraine. And.Larson called it “Nixonian” that Trump won’t release the full report and worries future whistleblowers won’t come forward.
Courtney also said he’s “deeply troubled by the grave national security implications” of allowing a president to “abuse our checks and balances.”