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Kinzinger: We must stand up to ‘radical socialists’

Rep says far left is undermining democracy with impeachment inquiry

Rep. Adam Kinzinger
Rep. Adam Kinzinger

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s campaign Wednesday took a different tone than that in a statement his office released a day earlier regarding an impeachment probe of President Donald Trump.

The congressman utilized the impeachment news to launch into fundraising efforts.

Tuesday, the Channahon Republican said he is reserving judgment until more information is released whether Trump used his presidential powers to seek help from a foreign government for his re-election.

A day later Kinzinger on his campaign page asked supporters “to make their voice heard and donate whatever you can right now, to send a message that we will not stand for this attack on the very foundation of our country.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launched a formal impeachment inquiry against Trump on Tuesday. The probe centers on whether Trump abused his presidential powers and sought help from Ukraine for his re-election. Pelosi said such actions would mark a “betrayal of his oath of office” and declared, “No one is above the law,” according to Associated Press reports.

The White House account shows Trump was willing to engage a foreign leader to dig up dirt on a political foe and he volunteered his attorney general to help, according to the Associated Press. But Trump appears to stop short in the call of any explicit quid pro quo, such as linking Ukraine’s help to American military aid or other assistance.

Days before the call, Trump froze nearly $400 million in aid to Ukraine. It was not clear from the summary whether Zelenskiy was aware of that, and the White House did not respond to requests to clarify. The president has said he did nothing wrong and has denied any request for help was tied to the aid freeze.

It’s illegal under federal law to seek foreign government assistance for U.S. elections.

Kinzinger said Tuesday he was looking forward to reviewing the White House transcript and that he’d reserve judgment. Kinzinger’s office hasn’t responded Wednesday to questions of what the congressman thought of the transcript.

His Facebook post Wednesday said of Democrats: “Now, more than ever, we have to stand up to these radical socialists.”

“Their crusade to impeach the President has never been about the facts – we know because they’ve pulled the impeachment trigger when Congress is still missing crucial information that could prove the President did nothing wrong. But that doesn’t matter to them. This is nothing short of a blatant disregard for the will of the American people and our democracy. The Far Left didn’t like the result of the 2016 election, so they have chosen to tear apart our country to advance their radical agenda.”

Kinzinger had said Monday on a Fox News program if Trump utilized his presidential power, he didn’t believe it rises to the level of impeachment.

He also said Monday no foreign government should have an influence on the U.S. election, nor should an American president utilize his power to affect an election, calling the action wrong and one that should not be defended.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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