For months, the issue of impeachment has divided Pennsylvania Democrats. Since Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has announced that the House is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, the state’s Congressional delegation is seemingly divided no-more.
Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) and Reps. Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna), Chrissy Houlahan (D-Chester), and Susan Wild (D-Lehigh), who previously have not endorsed impeachment proceedings, have offered support for Pelosi’s move after the reported phone conversation that Trump held with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy urging him to look into Biden’s son’s business dealings in the country, became public. Trump issued an address Wednesday morning calling the impeachment inquiry “the single greatest witch hunt in American history” and said he offered “no pressure” to Zelenskiy to investigate Biden’s son.
Casey’s statement on Wednesday afternoon said that Trump’s conversation with Zelenskiy about Biden’s son is a “textbook case of abuse of power which demands action.”
Today, I am calling for President Trump’s impeachment. Read my full statement here: https://t.co/twBP18Ogoy
— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) September 25, 2019
Cartwright, who represents the most Trump friendly district represented by a Democrat in the state, shot out a tweet on Tuesday afternoon saying that the recent report reveals that there “have been credible allegations this week that the President abused the power of his office, on the international stage, for his own political gain.”
At some point, it becomes necessary to announce certain conduct by an American president as unacceptable. There have been credible allegations this week that the President abused the power of his office, on the international stage, for his own political gain.
— Matt Cartwright (@RepCartwright) September 24, 2019
Houlahan, along with six other freshman House Democrats, penned an op-ed on Monday evening published by the Washington Post saying that if the allegations were true that it “represent an impeachable offense.” On Wednesday morning, Houlahan went further to quote tweet NBC News’s transcript of the call memo that Trump held with Zelenskiy, saying that it is a “sad day for our country” and that “the legitimacy of our democracy depends on it.”
This transcript confirms what we feared: our President has asked a foreign leader to work with him and his personal attorney to investigate a political opponent. This is a sad day for our country. We must get to the bottom of this. The legitimacy of our democracy depends on it. https://t.co/GJjUVhOplu
— Chrissy Houlahan (@RepHoulahan) September 25, 2019
Wild provided a statement on Tuesday afternoon that said if the allegations are true and “the administration continues to withhold the whistleblower complaint at the heart of this matter, I will support an impeachment inquiry.”
If these allegations are true and the administration continues to withhold the whistleblower complaint at the heart of this matter, I will support an impeachment inquiry.
— Rep. Susan Wild (@RepSusanWild) September 24, 2019
Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny) is the lone Democrat in Pennsylvania’s delegation who has not explicitly said he will support impeachment proceedings, but said on Tuesday afternoon in a tweet that “we need to get the full text of the whistleblower complaint by Thursday, not just the transcript of one phone call” and said he’ll have more to say in the coming days when more facts are released.
As I said yesterday, we need to get the full text of the whistleblower complaint by Thursday, not just the transcript of one phone call.
It appears that we will learn more facts in the coming days, and I’ll have more to say after that.
— Conor Lamb (@RepConorLamb) September 24, 2019
In July, five of the nine members of the state’s Democratic Congressional delegation voted against killing an impeachment resolution. Reps. Brendan Boyle (D-Philadelphia), Madeleine Dean (D-Montgomery), Mike Doyle (D-Allegheny), Dwight Evans (D-Philadelphia), and Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Delaware) were a part of the 95 Democrats voting against killing the impeachment resolution. These five Democrats continue to support impeachment proceedings after Pelosi’s announcement Tuesday afternoon.
Republicans in the state have not offered support for the impeachment inquiry, while some in Congress, including Reps. Fred Keller (R-Snyder) and Lloyd Smucker (R-Lancaster) have sent out fundraising emails over the inquiry that includes messages of support to Trump.