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Spanberger Keeping Close Watch As Committee Launches Impeachment Proceedings

Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger (Photo: Craig Carper/VPM

Democratic Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger says she’s keeping a close eye on impeachment proceedings underway in the House Judiciary Committee.

Committee Chair Jerry Nadler (D - New York) told CNN last week that the committee has launched “formal impeachment proceedings” against President Donald Trump.

The committee is conducting an investigation into “the scope and extent of misconduct by President Trump,” according to a lawsuit the committee filed last week.

Spanberger told VPM she supports efforts to dig into that alleged misconduct, including possible obstruction of justice by the president.

“There are a lot of reasons to continue to get to the bottom of what did and didn’t occur,” she said.

Nadler says he wants to decide whether to recommend articles of impeachment by the end of this year. Spanberger says she’s not ready to make up her mind yet.

“I’m going to have to evaluate any articles of impeachment that come forward on an individual basis to determine how I would come down on that,” Spanberger said.

The freshman Congressman won a district long held by Republicans last November and has cast herself as a pragmatist willing to cut deals with the GOP. She has been slower to call for impeachment proceedings than many of her peers; a majority of House Democrats now say they support that effort.

Virginia’s Republican Congressional delegation have questioned the motives and costs of the Muller report and Democrats’ continued investigations into Trump.

“#MuellerFindings is Democrat posturing that wasted 25 million of taxpayers money, for nothing,” Tweeted Congressman Denver Riggleman (R-5th) in March, after Attorney General William Barr presented a summary of the Muller report.  “Instead of political grandstanding & hysteria, can we focus on the addiction crisis, healthcare costs & policies that impact everyday Americans.”

 

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Ben Paviour covers courts and criminal justice for VPM News with a focus on accountability.
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