JONESBORO, Ark. – NEA’s congressional representative is calling foul on the impeachment proceedings facing President Trump and he’s joining other Republicans in asking for investigations into several Democrats.
On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford joined with 13 other members of the House of Representatives to send a letter to Vice President Pence and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell regarding Senators Menedez, Leahy, and Durbin’s May 2018 letter to then-General Prosecutor of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko.
In a letter dated May 4th, 2018, Crawford said the Democrat Senators implicitly threatened Ukraine’s relationship with the United States if Prosecutor Lutsenko did not participate in the investigation into President Trump.
“I have yet to see material evidence that President Trump asked for quid pro quo political favors from a foreign nation, but Democrats are accusing him of doing so and calling for his impeachment,” said Congressman Crawford. “Three of those Democrats did exactly what they accused the President of doing and should be held accountable for these actions.”
According to Snopes.com, the claim that Democratic senators “sent a letter to the prosecutor in Ukraine in 2018 asking him to investigate Trump” is rated as false.
Several reasons exist why the…associated sentiment are incorrect and misleading. At the top of that list is the fact that the letter in question did not concern a request to “investigate Trump,” nor did it request the opening of any investigation. – Snopes.com
The letter sent to the Ukrainian prosecutor may be viewed in full here. It appears to pressure the government into cooperating with the Mueller investigation. The letter was written following a report by the New York Times that four open cases had been frozen in Ukraine, thereby halting cooperation with the Mueller probe. These cases involved investigations into Paul Manafort’s consulting work on behalf of the former Ukrainian president. The report said they were halted due to worries that further investigations would draw the ire of Trump. The letter ends with questions of if this was true and if so, why.
The Arkansas representative for the First District has called the impeachment proceedings a “charade” on Twitter. He has joined with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and reps Devin Nunes, Jim Jordan, Steve Scalise, Doug Collins and others in criticism of the process.
Earlier this week, I signed on to the resolution to condemn and censure Adam Schiff for manufacturing false dialogue between @realDonaldTrump & President Zelensky during a HPSCI hearing. The Chairman of such a committee must hold themselves to a higher standard. #UkraineHoax
— Rep Rick Crawford (@RepRickCrawford) October 3, 2019