Alaska lawmakers react to Pelosi announcement of official impeachment inquiry of President Trump

U.S. Rep. Don Young, answers a reporter's question after filing paperwork for re-election Friday, June 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced the House is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

Pelosi made the announcement Tuesday from the speaker's office at the Capitol saying "no one is above the law."

The move puts the Democratic speaker's stamp on the investigations that have been underway in the House.

Calls for an impeachment inquiry have intensified following reports that Trump may have sought a foreign government's help in his reelection bid.

Pelosi says the president "must be held accountable."

President Donald Trump is reacting swiftly to Speaker Nancy Pelosi's announcement that the Democratic-controlled House is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry.

Trump notes that Pelosi's announcement comes as he meets Tuesday with world leaders at the United Nations. He's tweeting that "the Democrats purposely had to ruin and demean it with more breaking news Witch Hunt garbage. So bad for our Country!"

Calls for an impeachment inquiry have intensified following reports that Trump may have sought a foreign government's help in his reelection bid. Trump insists he has done nothing wrong. He said he'll release a transcript of his phone call with Ukraine's president.

Trump tweets: "They never even saw the transcript of the call. A total Witch Hunt!"

Congressman Don Young released the following statement:

“From the moment President Trump was elected, Congressional Democrats have acted as sore losers, spending every minute working to undermine him and his Administration’s policies. Speaker Pelosi has decided to begin an impeachment inquiry – a decision she has been forced into by the extreme left of her party who harbor nothing but hatred for President Trump. House Democrats tried to take down President Trump with the Mueller Report and failed. Frankly, impeachment is not only a political stunt but a waste of time. I do not support impeachment, and while President Trump and I do not agree on every issue, I have not seen evidence of an impeachable offense. Impeachment proceedings require the House to dedicate significant time and resources; time and resources that would be better spent focused on making our country a better place and not on the November 2020 elections.”

Sen. Dan Sullivan also released a statement calling an impeachment "partisan investigations."

“The American people elected us to get things done, not to focus on even more partisan investigations of the president. Unfortunately, this rush to begin impeachment proceedings by Speaker Pelosi—even before the most basic information has been released—is consistent with a pattern by the national Democrats and national media since President Trump was first elected.

“Our country and our state have serious challenges that must be addressed. The Democrats’ impeachment inquiry will only serve as a distraction from the necessary bipartisan work that is being done for the American people.

“I remain committed to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle on issues of importance to Alaskans, such as continuing to rebuild our military, growing our economy, responsibly developing our resources—including ANWR, cleaning up our oceans, and combating sexual assault and domestic violence.”

Sen. Lisa Murkowski was more reserved in her assessment, saying that she would reserve judgment.

“In terms of the formal impeachment inquiry —that lies in the House of Representatives. Right now the Senate doesn’t have a part in this until the House reviews and they act. Until the point the Senate has a role in this, Senator Murkowski will wait to see the process play out in the House. Separately, she’s doing all she can to make sure she’s informed on the current allegations and will review the full transcript from the phone call in question when it’s released.”

Casey Steinau, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party had this to say about the announcement:

“We are a country of laws, and no one – regardless of their station in life, their power and influence, or their elected office – is immune from those laws. We cannot stand by and allow this basic principle of our system to break down, or we have lost our country. I respect Speaker Pelosi’s measured approach, and her willingness to do the due diligence on a matter that is so important to the nation, and so sobering. We are about to enter the history books, and we must ensure our process is impeccable. This is not a reason to celebrate, but it is a time to be deeply grateful and proud that the Democratic Party is stepping up to do what is right for our country and the democratic principles on which it was founded.”

This story is developing.

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