Bullock: Only option is impeachment proceedings if Congress is denied whistleblower report

Bullock: Only option is impeachment proceedings if Congress is denied whistleblower report
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Presidential candidate and Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democrats worry about diversity on next debate stage The Hill's Morning Report — Pelosi makes it official: Trump will be impeached Steve Bullock exits: Will conservative Democrats follow? MORE (D) on Tuesday said that Congress would have to begin impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he will 'temporarily hold off' on declaring Mexican drug cartels as terror organization House Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Artist behind gold toilet offered to Trump sells banana duct-taped to a wall for 0,000 MORE if the transcripts of his calls with Ukrainian leaders were not released.

“Congress must swiftly investigate these allegations and demand the whistleblower report and any relevant transcripts of the President’s interactions with Ukrainian officials," Bullock said in a statement released by his campaign. 

"If they don’t get it, I see no other option than starting impeachment proceedings," he continued. 

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More than a dozen congressional Democrats have called for Trump's impeachment in recent days after new information emerged that the president withheld funds for Ukraine and floated the subject of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son during a call with the country's leader.

Bullock, who won his reelection bid in 2016 when Trump carried Montana in the presidential race, had been reluctant to get behind calls to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump. 

The governor emphasized in an interview last month with Democratic strategist David AxelrodDavid AxelrodBoth sides have reason to want speedy Trump impeachment trial Gary Cohn says he's 'concerned' no one is left in White House to stand up to Trump Tucker Carlson: Obama has not backed Biden because Michelle Obama could run MORE that voters are not concerned about the issue of impeachment and would rather focus on other issues like health care. 

“In probably 30 different stops, no one asked me about impeachment,” Bullock said. “What they do talk about is, ‘Am I going to lose my rural hospital?’ ”