FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 25, 2019
Contact: Cassandra Sebastian (719) 520-0055
Washington D.C. - One month ago, on September 24th, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats announced their intent to launch a formal "impeachment inquiry" against President Trump. Since then, Congressman Lamborn and House Republicans have been denied access to hearings, witness testimony, and the ability to subpoena their own witnesses or view transcripts.
Congressman Lamborn has made several attempts to intervene in House Democrats’ kangaroo court tactics, which include the following:
-Cosponsoring House Resolution 604, censuring and condemning Representative Adam Schiff, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, for his blatant misrepresentation of the conversation between President Trump and Ukraine President Zelensky.
-Cosponsoring House Resolution 633, requiring that impeachment related hearings, witness interviews, communications, document production and examinations, and proceedings be conducted in an open setting and in public view.
-Congressman Lamborn joined 76 Members of Congress in writing to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, and Acting House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, to demand the release of the rules that are governing the depositions and transcribed interviews being conducted by these committees.
-Congressman Lamborn went to the House SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility) and was denied access to the Volker testimony.
-Congressman Lamborn exercised his right to review committee testimonies, in a letter he hand-delivered to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Pursuant to Committee Rule 14 (F) of the Rules of Procedure for the HPSCI, Congressman Lamborn requested access to review the October 3rd interview transcript of Ambassador Kurt Volker.
-This week, while delivering the letter to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Congressman Lamborn also inquired into why, as Ranking Member on the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Readiness, he wasn’t granted access to witness testimony that same day, from Laura Cooper, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia. *Due to Ms. Cooper's position with the DoD, and Congressman Lamborn’s position on the House Armed Services Committee, access to her testimony clearly falls under his purview.
Congressman Lamborn issued the following statement, in response to House Democrats’ unconstitutional and unprecedented attempt at a partisan impeachment:
"I find it disgraceful that, as a Member of Congress, I have repeatedly been denied access to the information related to this phony impeachment process. What I find disturbing, is that the American people are being denied access to the truth. The Democrats have acted with Soviet style secrecy because they know that if the facts come out, the American people will realize that this whole process is a sham. Speaker Pelosi refuses to have a vote to call for impeachment formally, and thus far, there has been zero due process or transparency. Impeachment is the most consequential action outlined in the Constitution, short of a declaration of war, and the Democrats have made a mockery of House proceedings and left a stain on our Republic."