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Arizona Rep. Kirkpatrick: House Must Open Trump Impeachment Proceedings

Ann Kirkpatrick
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Ann Kirkpatrick

Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick has joined the growing chorus of House members seeking an impeachment of President Donald Trump, saying Congress has no choice but to open an impeachment inquiry.

“I have a responsibility as a congresswoman, former prosecutor and American citizen to stand up for the rule of law,” she said. “Following Mueller’s alarming report, it is our job as a Congress to conduct oversight and provide answers to the American people. I have come to the conclusion that the House of Representatives must open an impeachment inquiry on President Donald Trump.”

Kirkpatrick’s decision to support an impeachment inquiry against Trump came after reviewing the Mueller Report, speaking with constituents and legal scholars, and observing the White House repeatedly defy congressional subpoenas. She called for both sides of the aisle to hold the President accountable. 

“This should not be a partisan fight or debate about election strategy,” she said. “It’s about the rule of law.”

Kirkpatrick joins other Arizona Democrats Ruben Gallego, Raúl Grijalva and Greg Stanton in calling for impeachment. Tom O’Halleran is the only Arizona Democrat in Congress who hasn’t publicly called for impeachment. All four of Arizona’s Republican representatives remain opposed to opening an inquiry.  

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Scott Bourque is a reporter at KJZZ. He got his start in radio working as a reporter, photographer and producer for the American Forces Network, covering the tsunami relief operations in Japan, naval exercises in the Pacific, and combat operations in Afghanistan. He graduated from Northern Arizona University and earned a master’s in journalism from Arizona State’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. While at Cronkite, he helped produce the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award-winning investigative project “Hate in America” as a fellow for News21. For this project, he traveled to Charlottesville, Virginia, to interview parties on both sides of the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally, and Portland, Oregon, where he embedded with the Proud Boys, a far-right activist group, as they held a rally that turned into a riot. As a second-generation native Phoenician, Bourque loves finding and telling the stories that define and shape his hometown. In his spare time, he manages an Instagram page for Chloe, his father’s clumber spaniel, and enjoys the Phoenix area’s vibrant restaurant scene.