OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) As hearings continue in the house, senators are reacting to the start of an impeachment inquiry and the recently declassified whistleblower report.
“I’ve read the transcripts of the phone conversations yesterday, and this morning, I read the transcript of the whistleblower complaint,” says Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky. He says he was underwhelmed after reading the whistleblower report over the president’s phone calls with Ukranian leaders.
“I don’t see any threats to anyone to withhold aid. I do see a request to investigate corruption,” he says.
He says he didn’t see anything in the report and transcripts that amounts to impeachable offenses, and he questioned if the whistleblower was authorized to listen to the call.
“I’m very worried about the direction of this, and I don’t think it’s good for the country if we’re going to go down the road of having every private phone call by the president scrutinized by everyone who may agree or disagree with it,” says Sen. Paul.
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, has voiced his support for an impeachment inquiry earlier this week on Twitter. He says President Trump’s actions are beneath the dignity of any president. But Sen. Mike Braun, R-Indiana, claims Democrats are overplaying the report and the impeachment process.
“I think we’re going to see this kind of thing occur right into November 2020. I do believe the voters will be smart enough to see that’s not what its going to take to win an election, and I think they’re playing into Trump’s hands,” he said during a radio interview.
Former Vice President, and Presidential candidate Joe Biden said the transcript made clear President Trump tried to use a foreign country to smear a domestic political opponent.
(This story was originally published on September 26, 2019)