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Rep. Ken Buck on impeachment: “It’s just time to move on”

LOVELAND — Fourth Congressional District Rep. Ken Buck says that despite the fact he doesn’t believe President Donald Trump has committed anything that would fall under the category “high crimes and misdemeanors,” it is likely that the full House of Representatives will vote on whether to impeach the 45th President of the United States.

He is not as sure, however, if the Democrats have the required votes to send it on to the Senate for trial.

“I didn’t hear any first-hand accounts of even the fact pattern that they are trying to develop, which wouldn’t rise to the level of an impeachable offense,” Buck said. “This is an issue that should be taken up in the next election. … Don’t impeach somebody when the voters in less than a year will have the chance to make that decision.”

Buck made his comments Wednesday morning in an interview with Complete Colorado reporter Sherrie Peif during the Jimmy Lakey Show on AM 600 KCOL, where she was guest-hosting for Lakey, who was on vacation.

Buck pointed to Democrat Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, who said in an interview with Charlie LeDuff from the No BS News Hour that she also didn’t think Trump should be removed from office.

“We are so close to an election,” Lawrence said in the podcast. “I will tell you, sitting here knowing how divided this country is, I don’t see the value of taking him out of office. I do see the value of putting down a marker saying his behavior is not acceptable.”

She later tried to take back her remarks where she said censure may be more appropriate considering Republicans’ opposition to impeachment.

It’s the third time Lawrence has changed her position on the impeachment, saying in early October that she fully supported the attempt to remove the president from office, supporting the belief that even Democrat lawmakers are beginning to jump ship.

“I think Nancy Pelosi, as the Speaker, is starting to lose support even among her own Democrats,” Buck said. “I believe the polls, when it comes to unaffiliated voters is exactly what I’m hearing in Colorado … I hear they are just frustrated with this. It’s just time to move on. We have other issues that are essential, and this impeachment is taking away from moving America forward.”

Buck said the impeachment talk began the day after Trump was elected and they’ve put four sets of articles of impeachment on the House floor so far.

“They will just continue this drum beat and it not only undermines the President and this administration in some ways, but it really undermines America, our standing overseas and our ability to negotiate trade deals and move forward with peace agreements around the world.”

Peif’s full interview with Buck can be heard here on “The Lakey Effect.”

 

 

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