Trump responds as more Democrats call for impeachment following Ukraine call

WASHINGTON — Seven Democratic freshmen lawmakers who served in the military and national security say that if President Donald Trump pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate rival Joe Biden for political benefit, it’s impeachable.

The seven centrist Democrats said in an op-ed late Monday in The Washington Post they “do not arrive at this conclusion lightly.”

They call the allegations “a threat to all” they’ve sworn to protect.

The lawmakers include Reps. Gil Cisneros of California, Jason Crow of Colorado, Chrissy Houlahan of Pennsylvania, Elaine Luria of Virginia, Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey, Elissa Slotkin of Michigan and Abigail Spanberger of Virginia.

They come largely from swing districts where Trump is popular but voters split.

Trump has denied wrongdoing in talking about Biden with Ukraine’s president.

Tuesday, Trump tweeted that he’d release a transcript of the call, again calling it a “witch hunt”.

Congressman Antonio Delgado, who represents New York’s 19th District, said Trump is risking national security for personal gain.

“Having taken an oath of office before God and my fellow citizens to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, I can only conclude that Congress move forward with articles of impeachment,” he said in a statement.

Congressman Max Rose, who represents New York’s 11th District, said he’d opposed a “partisan impeachment process” in the past, but the President’s call to Ukraine is somewhat of a breaking point.

“A President attempting to blackmail a foreign government into targeting American citizens is not just another example of scorched earth politics,” he said in a statement. “It would be an invitation to the enemies of the United States to come after any citizen so long as they happen to disagree with the President.

Rose demanded the Trump administration release all documents related to the whistleblower case.

“The American people deserve the truth and Congress needs the facts. That’s why I’m calling on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and my Republican colleagues to put country over party and join me in demanding that the Trump Administration release all documents related to the whistleblower case. This is a serious crisis, all options must be on the table, and it’s time Republicans are as interested in the truth as the American people.”

Republican senators are expressing unease with the president’s phone call, yet most of the GOP lawmakers are telling reporters that more information is needed about the phone call.

The PIX11 Web Team contributed to this story.

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