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Brigid Callahan Harrison announced her candidacy for Congress. Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe.
Dr. Brigid Callahan Brigid Callahan Harrison announced her candidacy for Congress. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Harrison tells Van Drew to resign

By David Wildstein, January 27 2020 9:25 am

Democratic congressional candidate Brigid Callahan Harrison says that Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) should resign following John Bolton’s disclosure that President Donald Trump told him he planned to freeze $391 in security assistance to the Ukraine until officials there helped him to investigate the Biden family.

The New York Times reported the allegations made by Bolton, the former national security advisor, in an unpublished manuscript.

“Van Drew chose to obstruct Congress’s rightful authority to investigate very serious allegations and assisted in withholding crucial information related to the 2020 election, and with Mr. Bolton’s account, there is now a clear smoking gun,” Harrison said.  “These actions are no longer just disgraceful or disrespectful or based on self-interest, they have now evolved to the point that Van Drew clearly helped conspire to help Trump get away with a crime.”

Van Drew, elected as a Democrat in 2018, switched parties last December after refusing to vote to impeach Trump.

Harrison, a political science professor, said that “”oligarchies are created when citizens are denied access to information – the very tactic that Van Drew sought to use to enable President Trump to use the federal government to influence the outcome of the 2020 election.”

“Van Drew has not only been a pawn to Donald Trump but is now a clear co-conspirator to a crime and can no longer serve our community effectively,” she said.

Trump will be in Wildwood on Tuesday to boost Van Drew’s campaign.

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