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Alabama Republican leaders denounce House procedural vote for formal impeachment inquiry

Former ALGOP chairman Terry Lathan.

Thursday, Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan issued a statement following Thursday procedural vote in the U.S. House of Representatives, calling it a “partisan sham,” and praising Alabama Republicans Representatives for voting against the resolution.

“While the results of today’s impeachment procedural vote come as a shock to no one, it is yet another reminder of the partisan sham the Democrats are operating in their ludicrous attempt to undo the will of the American people in the 2016 election at any cost,” Chairman Lathan said. “They are telling the people they know better and we are irrelevant.”

Congressman Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) said, “President Trump has not committed a crime or abused power.”

“This resolution has finally come after many weeks of an already defunct process, a clear attempt to save political face,” Rep. Palmer said in a statement. “Nothing in this impeachment inquiry thus far has met the threshold required for the serious charge of impeachment. The Constitution says a president may be impeached for ‘treason, bribery, or high crimes and misdemeanors.’ The investigation into President Trump has been centered around a phone call with President Zelensky of Ukraine, but the call transcript, which I have read, and Zelensky himself have both confirmed that President Trump has not committed a crime or abused his power. Zelensky has said that President Trump did not bribe or insist on any quid pro quo.”

“I encourage all Alabamians who see through this charade to reach out to our Republican congressional delegation and offer words of support and encouragement,” Latha added. “This fine group of public servants have been doing the right thing-standing up to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Adam Schiff and their short sided shenanigans. We applaud our GOP members’ efforts.”

“Aside from clear lack of evidence, the buildup to this point is so flawed that justice has been made virtually impossible,” Palmer added. “Democrats have held meetings in secret, have withheld transcripts of witness testimonies, and have leaked only the evidence that fits their narrative. They have done their best to construct a biased picture of the president in view of unseating him, regardless of the actual facts. And now they ask the American people to trust them to be fair for holding an official vote, something they should have done weeks ago. At this point, no vote can cure the injury inflicted upon the reputation of the Congress by this Democrat conceived and executed conspiracy against President Trump. We must acknowledge the process for what it is, an unjust and partisan attempt to remove a duly elected president by going against precedent, due process, and justice.”

The Alabama Political Reporter asked Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) if the allegations being made by House Democrats against President Trump rise to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors as demanded by the Constitution.

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“I don’t think it does,” Moore said. I think we need to get off impeachment proceedings and get on with the business of the country. I think the President has every right to coordinate with foreign entities.”

Since the Democrats were able to push through their impeachment resolution, formal impeachment hearings will attempt to make the case that Pres. Trump should be only the third President in American history to be impeached by the House. The Senate has never removed a President.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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