Following the release of a transcript on the July 25 phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky, representatives from Louisiana are responding.
Congressman Clay Higgins and Senator Bill Cassidy both provided statements on the release of the transcript. Both representatives say the transcript does not support the accusations from Democrats.
Two statements can be viewed below:
Democrats started an impeachment process before they knew the facts. Nothing in the transcript supports Democrats' accusation that there was a quid pro quo. But there is a harm to this. Instead of talking about how to lower the price of medication, what to do about surprise medical billing, or getting better pay for our men and women in the military, we're going to be speaking about this
I've reviewed the transcript. There is no quid pro quo and no evidence of Constitutionally impeachable behavior. To the surprise of no one, we've also learned that the whistleblower was a deep state actor with a clear political bias against President Trump. Democrats have been consumed with their hatred of President Trump since he was elected.
Representative Steve Scalise once again put out a statement on Twitter about the latest developments.
Dems launched an impeachment inquiry based on a rumor instead of waiting for the facts.
It's now clear: there was no quid pro quo. @realDonaldTrump didn't break any laws.
But this has never been about facts or laws for Dems & the media-they just want to undo the 2016 election.
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) September 25, 2019
According to the Advocate, US Rep. Ralph Abraham, who is also running for Governor of Louisiana told the paper that "[The Democratic Party] has been working to impeach the president on phony and baseless charges since the day he was elected. Today is nothing new," Abraham said. "I’ve been proud to work with President Trump these past three years, and I will continue to stand behind him as he keeps America great.”
Statements from Senator John Kennedy were taken from his interview with MSNBC's Meet the Press following Pelosi's announcement of the inquiry. For more on his words and reactions from other representatives, click here.
More statements will be added as they are received. The Higgins, Cassidy and Scalise also responded to the impeachment inquiry which was called on Tuesday by House Speaker Nacy Pelosi. Read that here.