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ND congressional delegation comments on impeachment

North Dakota’s congressional delegation commented on Tuesday on the House Democrats’ unveiling of articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

“They are impeaching President Trump on charges they can’t prove, in the fastest impeachment proceeding in modern history, and without the Judiciary Committee hearing from a single fact witness,” said Congressman Kelly Armstrong.

“They are using an ambiguous abuse of power charge because they have failed to prove an underlying crime. And because they can’t meet the burden of proof for anything specific, they have decided to use all of it. This violates every standard of proof. This goes against our American sense of fundamental fairness and due process,” Armstrong said.

He went on to say, “The obstruction of Congress charge is baseless. President Trump has a legal right to object to subpoenas and it is the courts’ role to rule in those cases. Democrats refuse to wait for the third branch of government to weigh in. In no other proceeding in the country would using a valid legal recourse lead to more charges against you, but that’s exactly what Democrats are doing with President Trump.

“In an effort to satisfy their base, House Democrats are dividing the country. Today is a sad day for our nation,” Armstrong said.

Armstrong is serving his first term representing the state of North Dakota in the U.S. House of Representatives. He sits on the House Judiciary Committee, the House Oversight and Reform Committee, and the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.

Sen. John Hoeven said, “As House Democrats have been talking about since the president was elected, they are moving forward with articles of impeachment. Instead of spending time on impeachment, the House should focus on getting work done like finally advancing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, funding our military and helping reduce the cost of prescription drug costs.”

Sen. Kevin Cramer said, “Since the day President Trump was elected, House Democrats have worked to damage him politically and undermine his standing on the world stage. That is the real abuse of power. The evidence in their articles is underwhelming at best. House Democrats ought to scrap this fantasy and get back to working for the American people.”

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