Republican U.S. Senate candidate Stuart Meissner hit Democrats over the passage of a resolution laying out the process for the public phase of their impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump Thursday.
“It’s time for Congress to end the impeachment crusade against this President and get to work for the American people. Instead of working with the President to obtain critical infrastructure funding for our state, lower prescription drug prices, and relieve the middle-class tax burden, Democrats are intent on antagonizing the White House. They are undermining a duly-elected President and overruling the will of the American people, who should have the opportunity to vote at the ballot box in November of 2020.”
House Democrats are investigating Trump over a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during which Trump asked Zelensky to investigate the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, who is and was a leading candidate for the 2020 Democratic nomination.
Thursday’s vote creates rules for the public-facing phase of an impeachment inquiry that has largely been conducted behind closed doors up until this point.
The measure allows the House Intelligence Committee to hold public hearings and create a report for the House Judiciary Committee, which will decide whether to draft articles of impeachment against Trump.
It also provides Trump with due process rights, including allowing his attorneys to participate in the hearings.
Meissner is running for U.S. Sen. Cory Booker’s seat. Republicans last won a U.S. Senate race in New Jersey in 1972.