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Local representatives respond to impeachment vote

Local congressional representatives responded to Thursday’s vote to continue the House of Representative’s impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump

“Today’s vote affirms the next steps in the House’s deliberate and thorough impeachment inquiry,” U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, said in a news release after the vote on House Resolution 660.

Underwood represents the 14th Congressional District, which includes eastern DeKalb County, Sycamore, Cortland and Sandwich.

She said in the release that the ongoing public hearings and “unprecedented transparency” of the investigation would uncover all the facts to stop abuse of power at the highest levels of U.S. government, and that it also ensures foreign interference in U.S. elections never happens again.

“Let me be clear,” she said. “No one wins when Congress is compelled to investigate unlawful conduct. This is a tragedy for our country, but no one is above the law.”

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, offered his take on the vote which directs certain House committees to continue investigations into the impeachment inquiry of Trump. Kinzinger represents the 16th District, which includes western parts of southern DeKalb County.

“As I have said countless times, we need answers to what happened with regards to Ukraine, but my colleagues across the aisle chose to start this impeachment process behind closed doors well before bringing this resolution to the House floor today,” Kinzinger said.

He said the written impeachment resolution will further allow a broken process to continue, which he called
a disservice to Americans and the
U.S. Constitution. He also said he believes the nation needs greater transparency and a more public process.

“Ignoring the right of due process, as my colleagues have done, ignores past precedent for impeachment and does not help inform the public,” Kinzinger said. “The institution requires the public’s trust, and
I believe we can and must do better.”

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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