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 BullockBrent Budowsky: Bloomberg should give billion to Democrats Key moments in the 2020 Democratic presidential race so far Kamala Harris dropped out, but let's keep her mental health plan alive MORE (D) on Tuesday said that Congress would have to begin impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald John TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president 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 AxelrodSanders, Warren appear to have tense moment onstage after debate Warren faces online criticism over past big donor fundraisers Krystal Ball: Media turns on Buttigieg, will this end him? 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?’ ”