Approved – NV
Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, has come out in favor of the House introducing articles of impeachment against President Trump following reports Trump pressed Ukraine’s government to open an investigation into one of his political opponents.
Johnson, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, is the first Democrat in Georgia to publicly voice support of removing Trump from office. Until Tuesday, he was one of the few remaining holdouts from the House Judiciary Committee who had not publicly voiced support of impeachment.
He now joins a new wave of Democrats who are calling for an impeachment inquiry or articles of impeachment in light of the Ukraine scandal.
Johnson indicated that reports Trump and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani sought to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open a corruption investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son has led him to come out in support of introducing articles of impeachment.
“Attempting to coerce a foreign government into digging up dirt on a political opponent, then trying to cover it up by unlawfully refusing to turn over the whistleblower complaint to Congress, crosses a red line,” Johnson said in a Tuesday statement, adding that he finds this “profoundly troubling.”
“President Trump’s repeated obstruction and flagrant disregard of his oath of office demands the issuance of Articles of Impeachment.”