At U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin’s Aug. 27, 2019, town hall meeting at Cleary University, two people seated in the front room directly in front of the podium had signs urging the impeachment of President Donald Trump, and Slotkin dove into the question right off the bat.
“Holding Trump accountable is important,” Slotkin said to a loud round of applause. “I want to be very honest. I believe that impeachment is a very big step. I believe it is something that should not be taken lightly and it has to be something where we bring people along in the process.”
Now, almost a month later, Slotkin is moving closer to impeachment after allegations surfaced regarding Trump pressuring Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the son of Democrat presidential-nomination front runner former Vice President Joe Biden, and holding up security aid to the Ukraine.
Slotkin is now one of seven freshman Democrats — Reps. Gil Cisneros of California, Jason Crow of Colorado, Chrissy Houlahan of Pennsylvania, Elaine Luria of Virginia, Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey, and Abigail Spanberger of Virginia — to move toward impeachment.
“If these allegations are true, we believe these actions represent an impeachable offense,” they wrote in a Sept. 23, 2019, opinion piece in the Washington Post. “We do not arrive at this conclusion lightly, and we call on our colleagues in Congress to consider the use of all congressional authorities available to us, including the power of “inherent contempt” and impeachment hearings, to address these new allegations, find the truth and protect our national security.”
Slotkin, a former CIA agent and national intelligence official, while taking to reporters at the UAW strike at the General Motors Grand River Assembly plant, said this latest revelation “smells and feels differently.”
“That is a really striking allegation, and if that’s true, we’re in a different moment,” Slotkin is reported to have said in a story in Lansing CityPulse. “As a national security professional, as a former CIA officer, that kind of thing goes so beyond the pale of what is acceptable for our own national security.”
“I know we have the director of national intelligence coming up on Thursday to the Hill. To me, that is a very important moment. If he does not provide information on this whistleblower case, as he’s required to by law, I think we’re in a new moment where the Congress should exercise its full authority on those issues,” she said.