On Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the U.S. House of Representatives was formally launching an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
Pelosi made the announcement after news stories claimed Trump asked the Ukranian president to investigate whether former Vice President Joe Biden misused his position to protect his son, who had business dealings in Ukraine.
The announcement by Pelosi was met with mixed feelings depending on which party one was associated with. Democrats celebrated the news while Republicans decried it.
Not surprisingly, most Texas elected officials were critical of the decision to formally move forward with the impeachment process.
Congressman Pete Olson said the decision was premature, especially after Trump announced he would release an unredacted transcript of the phone call with the Ukranian president that led to the controversy.
“In their tireless zeal to reverse the outcome of the 2016 election, Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats have renewed their chorus of calls to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Trump,” Olson said in a statement. “With their talk of Russian collusion in the 2016 election utterly and totally destroyed by the Mueller Report, the Democrats have found their latest shiny object in Ukraine. I thank President Trump for being responsible and agreeing to release the full transcript of his conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Since I believe that every American is innocent until proven guilty, I will read the transcript before jumping to any conclusions.
"I urge my Democratic colleagues to be responsible and do the same.”
Nyanza Moore, who is running as a Democrat in Olson’s 22nd Congressional District, said she supports the inquiry because the law should apply to everyone — even the president.
"The late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall would often ask the question, ‘What is the quality of your intent?’” Moore said. “Our constitution affords specific rights to all citizens. More specifically, the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 protects federal whistleblowers who work for the government and report the possible existence of an activity constituting a violation of law, rules, or regulations, or mismanagement, gross waste of funds, abuse of authority or a substantial and specific danger to public health and safety. There are laws in place to protect federal employees. There are also laws and procedures in place to investigate wrongdoings of any public official. The law must be followed.
"The Constitution of the United States and most importantly, the person who holds the office of the president of the United States, must abide by the laws of this country. The integrity of the office and of our country is in danger when the intent of the president's actions is in blatant contradiction of the Constitution. We must hold ourselves and our government accountable at all times."