The political situation in Washington — already fractured — took a turn last week when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi opened an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
The final straw for Pelosi was a phone call made by Trump in which he repeatedly urged the president of Ukraine to help investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading Democrat for his party’s nomination for president in 2020, and Biden’s son Hunter. A government whistleblower brought the information to light.
As expected, reactions were frenzied on both sides, with many Republicans flatly denying Trump did anything wrong and accusing Democrats of a witch hunt, and many Democrats ready to convict the president.
Almost lost were other voices, which urged more restraint.
Longtime Republican U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas, who represents Oklahoma’s 3rd Congressional District, asked for transparency in the situation involving Ukraine.
“In the interest of transparency, I would ... encourage the president to release the whistleblower’s report to Congress,” Lucas said. “It is critical that the oversight of our nation’s intelligence community be handled in a secure and bipartisan fashion based on facts.”
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said the issue needs to be addressed.
“We owe people to take it seriously,” Rubio said. “Right now, I have more questions than answers. The complaint raises serious allegations, and we need to determine whether they’re credible or not.”
Whether anyone agrees with the call for an inquiry or not is irrelevant.
There is an impeachment inquiry, and that’s not going to change for the time being. The process will move forward, and both sides will have an opportunity to present their cases.
We need to remember that this isn’t an impeachment at this point. It’s a look into whether a formal impeachment process will be undertaken.
And, we also want to remind everyone that there has been no finding of guilt. Trump deserves his day in court, so to speak.
We’d like to see the rhetoric die down, even though we realistically don’t see that happening.
Let’s let the process work.