NEPA reps react to impeachment vote

November 1, 2019
In The News

Three House members who represent Northeast Pennsylvania split along party lines in the chamber’s first vote on the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s conduct. U.S. Rep. Dan Meuser, R-9, Dallas, and Rep. Fred Keller, R-12, Snyder County, voted against opening the inquiry. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-8, Moosic, voted for it. Here are comments each made on their votes:

MEUSER: “The do-nothing Democrats are bringing their only hope to defeat Donald Trump next year to the House floor. The process has been appalling from every angle: no due process, the public has been made unaware, selective information leaked to the general public, ignoring (Ukraine) President (Volodymyr) Zelenskiy’s words, immense corruption in the Ukraine, and the Bidens are in the middle of it. (Adam) Schiff has been given the role of prosecutor and jury, and he has a factual record of lying. Today’s resolution changed nothing. Every Democrat with the exception of two voted for this sham. They didn’t vote for an inquiry to determine guilt or innocence. Instead, they voted to impeach the president because they don’t like him. That’s dangerous. That’s scary. That’s pitiful. And, the people should be outraged. There is also no evidence — no quid pro quo took place.”

KELLER: “When you look at the resolution, it doesn’t bring the transparency that we were looking to shed on the process. It still leaves it in the hands of Chairman (Adam) Schiff to be the sole decider of whether or not witnesses can be called or whether or not questions can be asked. ... You have 75% of the members of Congress that have been shut out of the process, that have been denied access to the information that’s going on. You have leaks, the leaks that come out of there are just selective material, out of context, to provide a narrative. That’s not any way to handle such an important happening in our nation when you’re talking about the president who was elected by over 63 million Americans.”

CARTWRIGHT: “I support moving these ongoing hearings out into the open so everybody can listen to all the details of what went on, process it and decide for themselves what they think, rather than just being told what to think by all the people talking on cable television.”