Delawareans react to impeachment probe announcement

DOVER — While heated reactions built on social media Tuesday night, about a half dozen people polled at a Dover-area convenience store about the impeachment inquiry at evening rush hour weren’t yet aware of the news.

But Milford resident Steve Halstead had heard the latest development in President Trump’s clash with House leaders and as he filled his vehicle with gas, he shrugged off the query.

“Honestly, whenever I see this stuff it’s just at the point where it’s exhausting,” he said. “I don’t know if it’ll actually go the distance to a full impeachment, but the Democrats better have something really substantial. Otherwise, they’re going to look really stupid right before the 2020 election year.”

Recalling the 1998 impeachment of then-President Bill Clinton, Mr. Halstead said, “I’ve already seen this show.”

“They had Clinton dead to rights on his sexual hijinks, but he ended up staying in the White House — no problem,” he added. “At the end of the day the Republicans looked stupid for pushing it, the Democrats looked stupid for backing a degenerate — and we all looked stupid for watching the whole freak show on TV. I think I’m gonna tune out for this one.”

Delaware politicans reacted to the news that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launched a formal impeachment inquiry against President Trump along party lines.
Rob Arlett, the Delaware chairman for the Trump campaign in 2016, dismissed the announcement as “nothing other than a media stunt” and an instance of “pandering to the far-left base of the Democratic Party.”

Mr. Arlett, who remains a steadfast supporter of the president and was at the White House last week, said Democrats are simply playing politics. By doing so, he said, they are disappointing most of the country.
“This is a stunt that will eventually lead to (Joe) Biden’s demise and the president’s re-election because there is nothing here that is factually based,” he said.

Delaware Republican Party Chairwoman Jane Brady, the state’s former attorney general, said impeachment proceedings are “going off half cocked, without … full evidence” and she questioned the whistleblower whose concerns about Ukraine led to the announcement from House Democrats.

State Sen. Colin Bonini, a Dover Republican who, like Mr. Arlett, spoke at President Trump’s rally in Harrington days ahead of the 2016 presidential primary, was also critical of Democrats.
“The inmates are running the asylum in the Democratic Party,” he said late Tuesday.

U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester and U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper, both Democrats, expressed sentiments that the process could bring forth facts.
“Our founders disagreed on a great many things, but the one thing they agreed on is that they did not want an all-powerful king. No President is above the law. While the President has broad deference when it comes to conducting U.S. foreign policy, he does not have the authority to undermine Congress or pressure a foreign government to help him smear a political opponent. President Trump and his administration must comply with the ongoing investigations and provide Congress – a coequal branch of government – with the information it is entitled to under the law, including the whistle-blower complaint,” Sen. Carper said in an email Tuesday.

“The American people deserve the truth.”
Rep. Rochester posted a message on Facebook Tuesday supporting an inquiry that had nearly 150 comments within an hour.

The post read, “While I was of the opinion in July that we had sufficient facts and evidence to move forward with an impeachment inquiry, these latest developments underscore the need and urgency of that inquiry. It appears that the President of the United States and his allies attempted to pressure a foreign government into investigating a domestic political adversary. Congress needs to see the full whistleblower complaint that the Administration is illegally withholding immediately. The American people deserve to see the full picture of this President’s conduct — an impeachment inquiry allows us to do just that.”

Staff writer Matt Bittle can be reached at 741-8250 or mbittle@newszap.com. Follow @MatthewCBittle on Twitter.

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