AP: Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin, a freshman Democrat who flipped a battleground Republican seat, said Monday she will vote to impeach President Donald Trump.
At a contentious town hall meeting at Oakland University Monday she explained her decision to support the impeachment of Trump. Slotkin said Trump used the office of the president for personal gain during a heated town hall frequently disrupted by Republican protesters.
"I hope you can believe that I made this decision out of principle," Slotkin said. "I will stick to that regardless of what it does to me politically because this is bigger than politics."
"He used that office for his own political gain, and that to me is a very, very important distinction that can’t go unchecked,” Slotkin said. “I just can’t let that be normal."
"I worked at the National Security Council under George Bush. I worked under the National Security Council under Barack Obama," she said. "What was fundamentally different for me is that the president decided to do this for his own political gain."
Touting her national security background, Slotkin declared there is not a coup taking place and while there may be "bad eggs" in intelligence organizations like the FBI that does not mean they are "tainted."
“I, as a former CIA officer, do not believe that the intelligence community and the FBI are acting against the president,” Slotkin told constituents. “While every organization can have their bad eggs, I do not believe those organizations are tainted. I certainly don’t believe that the president should go to a foreign government before he goes to his own law enforcement."
“It’s just not accurate, and I think about what happens if that escalates,” Slotkin said. “I just I’m going to have to agree to disagree with my constituents who believe that a coup is taking place, that there some organized conspiracy theory against the president and Ukrainian leaders or foreign leaders are to be trusted more than our own law enforcement.”
"I want people to think about where we will be if it becomes normal to ask foreign governments to intervene in our political process,” Slotkin said. "What if that becomes normal? What if next time we have a Democratic president asking the Chinese government for a cyberattack, for something new, for some intrusion? For me, this is something I cannot abide, that I cannot accept."
"I knew it would be controversial either way, and I feel very firmly that I’m doing what I think is right,” Slotkin said after the forum.
MLive reported, protesters opposing an impeachment effort supported by U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin verbally clashed with one of the congresswoman’s supporters during a heated town hall Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. A small group of roughly a dozen protesters standing at the back of the venue loudly heckled Slotkin throughout the event.
"From my vantage point, standing up there, there is a room full of people with very different opinions,” Slotkin told reporters after the event. "A lot of folks who had on their Trump hats, who clearly didn't agree with where I was. But what I appreciated about them is that they listened. They weren't shouting, they were waiting to hear my answers and that is the best I can ask for, is engaged citizens who came— who don't agree but were willing to give me a chance to explain myself.”
MLive: The freshmen congresswoman said backing impeachment is the biggest decision of her short political career and could make her unpopular with many in her politically-divided district:
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