Congressman Panetta Supports Impeachment Inquiry

September 24, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) released the following statement in support of the U.S. House of Representative’s impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

"A recent whistleblower complaint alleges that the President sought improper assistance from the Ukrainian government for his own personal and political gain.  The Intelligence Community Inspector General report of the complaint determined it to be credible and of urgent concern.  As mandated by law, the Inspector General report on the whistleblower complaint must be provided to Congress.  The Administration’s refusal to comply with this legal requirement leaves Congress no other option but to begin a formal impeachment investigation.  

"I support this inquiry because, and as I have always stated, we must secure evidence upon which to base such a significant decision as the impeachment of a sitting president.  If the evidence proves that the President explicitly or implicitly sought improper assistance from a foreign leader for his own personal and political gain, he should be impeached.  This inquiry is about uncovering evidence, seeking the truth, and protecting our national security and the integrity of our democracy."