If the U.S. House votes to impeach President Donald Trump, then the congressman who represents much of North Central Illinois is a likely “no” vote.
Thursday, U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) told Jeremy Aitken of 103.9 FM WLPO that Trump crossed a line in his contact with Ukraine’s president but said the conduct falls short of an impeachable offense.
“I don’t think you ever involve a foreign leader in American domestic politics — ever,” Kinzinger said. “Now maybe it’s been done in the past, but it shouldn’t be done anymore. But to say that that’s criminal and impeachable is a step that I’m certainly not willing to take.”
Kinzinger described a “chaotic situation” and that Democrats “significantly jumped the gun” by raising talk of impeachment before solid facts were in hand.
“Impeachment is a very high bar. The president might have very well have done something wrong but not impeachable, and it’s just a circus right now.”
Kinzinger’s declared Democratic opponent took issue with Kinzinger’s take of the Democratic response and Trump’s conduct as a whole.
“An impeachment inquiry is the process by which the House seeks the facts,” said Dani Brzozowski.
“To argue that Democrats have lost credibility simply because they have begun that inquiry process is itself an attack on democracy. The impeachment inquiry is an opportunity for us to learn the very facts Kinzinger seems so interested in uncovering.
Brzozowski further stated Kinzinger downplayed the severity of Trump’s conduct with the Ukraine president, calling Kinzinger’s remarks “a grave understatement that does not respect the seriousness of the situation.”
“Additionally, to suggest that Kinzinger isn’t a staunch supporter of the president is also a misrepresentation of the facts. Kinzinger votes for the Trump agenda 94% of the time, including a vote to strip healthcare coverage from over 37,000 residents of the 16th district and a vote to cut taxes for the wealthy, which have lasting and detrimental effects on the voters of this district.”