Rep. Andy Kim said reports about President Donald Trump pressuring Ukraine to investigate Vice President Joe Biden’s son would constitute an impeachable offense if the reported facts were corroborated.
“By urging the Ukrainian government to take action to influence our Democracy, Trump has violated that power and the trust of the American people,” Kim said. “If the facts are corroborated, that violation, and my understanding of its implications, has led me to come to the conclusion that the President has committed an impeachable offense.”
A Wall Street Journal Report released Sunday said Trump repeatedly pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to work with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, on a probe focusing on Hunter Biden, who is the son of the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination to take on Trump next year.
There is no evidence of wrongdoing by either the elder or younger Biden, who sat on the board of a Ukrainian gas company whose president was once investigated by the country’s former prosecutor general, Viktor Shokin, who was formally dismissed by Ukraine’s parliament after a series of protests over his blocking a number of high-profile corruption cases.
In July, before the conversation with Zelensky took place, Trump froze close to $400 million in military aid for Ukraine.
“It is our duty in Congress to hold the President accountable if that sacred responsibility laid out in the Constitution is violated,” Kim said. “The President’s actions and our obligation to the Constitution has led me to this conclusion, and I will work with my colleagues to pursue the truth and defend our Democracy.”
Kim’s statement on Trump’s allegedly using foreign aid money as a bargaining chip does not explicitly call for impeachment proceedings or an impeachment inquiry.
A spokesman for Kim declined to clarify the congressman’s stance, although it appears from his statement that the freshman 3rd district congressman would vote to impeach Trump on the House floor, if the measure is recommended by the Judiciary Committee.
Until now, Kim has held out on impeachment. His victory in 2018 was the narrowest House win in New Jersey that year, and Republicans have launched an attack over his comments.
“Andy Kim made it perfectly clear his loyalties lie with impeachment-obsessed socialists who will stop at nothing to remove President Trump from office, no matter the cost,” Congressional Leadership Fund spokesman Calvin Moore said. “Congressman Kim’s decision to back impeachment will be seared into the mind of every voter as a reminder that his irrational hatred of President Trump took priority over the will of the constituents who elected him to office in the first place.”