Chesco's Houlahan among US House freshmen calling for presidential investigation

Kim Glovas
September 24, 2019 - 8:57 am

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — In a Washington Post editorial, seven freshman members of Congress, including Rep. Chrissy Houlahan from Chester County, called for an investigation into recent actions by President Donald Trump. 

The group of Congress members are focused on the president's alleged threat against the newly elected leader of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Trump denied the country military aid after he reportedly pressured them to gather information that would discredit Joe Biden. They also want more information on a whistleblower complaint about the president that a top intelligence official calls "urgent and credible."

Houlahan said this is a matter of national security and the truth must come out.

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"If the allegations are found to be true, or if the administration continues to refuse to comply with reasonable congressional requests for information," she said, "I will take the grave step of calling for a formal authorization of an impeachment investigation."

Houlahan said reports about Trump's phone conversation are deeply concerning, and the allegations are leading to uncharted waters.

"My attention has been drawn, sadly, to the new allegation that our president threatened a foreign leader by denying military assistance in order to obtain information that would discredit a political opponent," said Houlahan. "If this is true, this marks a sad, new chapter for our country."

Houlahan said Congress requested a transcript of the president's phone call to the Ukrainian leader and a copy of the whistleblower report. 

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Editor's note: Trump said late Tuesday afternoon that he has directed the release of the "unredacted" transcript of his July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Read more here.