Pat Toomey is trying to get credit for calling Donald Trump’s actions around Ukraine “inappropriate,” and hoping he can play a political game by not calling for an impeachment inquiry. But let’s be clear those “inappropriate” actions Senator Toomey is referring to are impeachable offences.
This weekend, Pat Toomey said on Meet the Press that it is not appropriate for a sitting president to ask for political assistance from a foreign country. Then a memo released by the White House revealed that President Trump did exactly that – ask for foreign assistance to investigate a political rival to improve his presidential prospects. Then Pat Toomey yesterday stated that the President’s actions were not an impeachable offense.
“Cowardly Pat Toomey is letting down his country by refusing to demand an impeachmen inquiry of a president who has clearly violated Article 2, Section 4 of the Constitution,” said Beth Melena, senior communications advisor for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. “Pat Toomey has continuously supported a corrupt President who has repeatedly put his own political interests ahead of our country and our national security. Pat Toomey should give the Constitution of the United States a read, grow a spine, and demand an impeachment inquiry.”
“U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) released the following statement regarding the memorandum released today on President Trump’s phone call with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine: ‘The memorandum released by the White House today reveals no quid pro quo. While the conversation reported in the memorandum relating to alleged Ukrainian corruption and Vice President Biden’s son was inappropriate, it does not rise to the level of an impeachable offense.’” [Toomey Statement, 9/25/19]
“On Meet the Press yesterday, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) told NBC News’ Chuck Todd, “Look, it is not appropriate for any candidate for federal office, certainly, including a sitting president, to ask for assistance from a foreign country. That’s not appropriate.” The Pennsylvania Republican added in the next breath, however, ‘But I don’t know that that’s what happened here.’” [MSNBC, 9/23/19]
“The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” [United States Constitution, Article 2, Section 4]