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Kinzinger: My 'biggest regret' was voting against first Trump impeachment (1 Viewer)

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Kinzinger: My 'biggest regret' was voting against first Trump impeachment


Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) on Friday expressed regret for failing to vote to impeach former President Trump the first time over his dealings with Ukraine in light of the recent Russian invasion.

Trump was impeached the first time in December of 2019 for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. However, he was later acquitted in the Senate.

"I want to be honest, in congress I have only a few votes that in [hindsight], I regret. My biggest regret was voting against the first impeachment of Donald Trump," the congressman wrote in a Twitter thread on Friday.


Kinzinger explained that it was important for leaders to "admit regret" when possible.

"The bottom line, Donald Trump withheld lethal aid to Ukraine so he could use it as leverage for his campaign," he said. He further stated that Trump's exchange with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky in 2019 had lasting impacts on the country.

"This is a shameful and illegal act, directly hurting the Ukraine defense today."
 
To be fair, what was impeachable about that was not withholding the aid (though I think most of us agree now it shouldn't have been withheld, and that, in fact, we should have started providing lethal aid under Obama, when Russia first invaded and seized Crimea), it was the attempt to use his foreign policy powers as President to target domestic political opposition.

But good on Kinzingner. The path out of the damage that Trump did is gonna take a couple of years, but, future Republicans will place themselves largely with him, v toads like Green, Cawthorn, Boebert, and the like.
 
To be fair, what was impeachable about that was not withholding the aid (though I think most of us agree now it shouldn't have been withheld, and that, in fact, we should have started providing lethal aid under Obama, when Russia first invaded and seized Crimea), it was the attempt to use his foreign policy powers as President to target domestic political opposition.
It was extortion. One thing doesn't happen without the other.
 
Not impressed. He did it. His regret doesn't admit why he did it.
 

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