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November 21, 2019

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U.S Rep. Nita Lowey
U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey tweeted her support for an impeachment inquiry against President Trump.
U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney

U.S. Reps. Lowey, Maloney Support Impeachment Inquiry Of President Trump

This article has been updated.

As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi drew closer to calling for a vote on whether to launch an impeachment inquiry, U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney became the latest New York congressman to support hearings.

“I have had a high bar for putting the country through an impeachment inquiry, especially so close to an election. But these allegations go to the heart of the oath I took," Maloney said on Tuesday, Sept. 24.

U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey, a Harrison Democrat who called for President Trump's impeachment in July, is among the longest-serving members of Congress. 

Only two presidents — Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton — have been impeached by the 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.

Lowey turned to Twitter on Tuesday, Sept. 24 to repeat her earlier call for an Impeachment Inquiry: "@realDonaldTrump, “It's very important to talk about corruption.” Couldn’t agree more: send Congress the whistleblower report! Let’s talk about the two “I” words, too: Impeachment Inquiry." 

Earlier Daily Voice reporting on Lowey's support for impeachment can be found by clicking here.

Maloney, a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, represents northern Westchester County and joined U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel in questioning recent events in Ukraine that have upped calls for a congressional investigation. Engel's concerns about President Trump's conversation with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky were previously reported here by DV Plus.

The chairmen of the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees wrote to White House counsel Pat Cipollone on Sept. 9 demanding all documents that reference the allegations against Hunter Biden, as well as the transcript of a July 25 call between Trump and Zelensky. 

Maloney added: "There comes a time to put your country first. Unless the Intelligence Committee immediately receives both the whistleblower complaint, and the recordings of any calls – and they dispel these charges – I am prepared to pursue an impeachment inquiry of the President. The old Trump song and dance won’t cut it this time."

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand previously called for an impeachment inquiry in June, while New York's other senator, Chuck Schumer, said Tuesday, that releasing a transcript of Trump's call with Zelensky is not enough.

Schumer, the Senate Democratic Leader, said Congress needs to see the whistleblower complaint the administration has held back.

“We need the complaint. We need the complaint of the whistleblower as sent to the IG,” Schumer said, referring to a complaint filed by an unnamed whistleblower to Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson.

“It’s nice to have the transcript. We don’t even know right now what the complaint is about, in part or in whole,” Schumer said. "And without the complaint, we don’t know what the IG thought was so urgent. . . .So simply releasing the transcript does not come close to ending the need of the American people and the Congress to see what actually" happened.

Schumer made his remarks at the start of a Tuesday press conference shortly after Trump said he would release an unredacted transcript of the call.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, released this statement.

Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Yorktown High School graduate, called for the House Judiciary Committee to take immediate action in the wake of reports that President Trump withheld nearly $400 million in funds to Ukraine and pressured the country’s president to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, calling the accusations “an emergency."

“Yes, this is an emergency. We don’t have the luxury of time w/ another committee,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Tuesday. “Judiciary has been investigating& putting the pieces together for months. Impeachment belongs there."