McConnell challenger McGrath backs impeachment inquiry

McConnell challenger McGrath backs impeachment inquiry
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Democrat Amy McGrath, who is challenging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump allies throw jabs at Bolton over book's claims GOP confident of win on witnesses Collins Senate bid threatens to spark GOP rift in Georgia MORE (R-Ky.) in 2020, announced Friday she supports House Democrats’ impeachment investigation into President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Don Lemon explains handling of segment after Trump criticism NPR reporter after Pompeo clash: Journalists don't interview government officials to score 'political points' Lawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet MORE

McGrath, a Marine veteran, expressed alarm at the national security implications of President Trump’s suggestion to Ukraine in July that it open an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPerry delegation talking points stressed pushing Ukraine to deal with 'corruption' GOP senator airs anti-Biden ad in Iowa amid impeachment trial Biden photobombs live national news broadcast at one of his rallies MORE, calling it “serious and unprecedented.” 

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“This is about our national security. Failing to fully investigate these allegations will leave our nation more vulnerable to threats from foreign governments that think they can target U.S. citizens, and corrupt our democracy, in order to gain favorable foreign policy action from our president,” McGrath said in a statement. 

“Americans deserve to know all of the facts underlying these allegations, and I fully support the House inquiry to do so,” she added. “Congress must be able to fulfill its constitutional role as a co-equal branch of our government and hold this president accountable while signaling to the world that our foreign policy and national security are not for sale.” 

In a preview of how impeachment is set to play in congressional races in the 2020 cycle, McConnell’s campaign needled McGrath Friday, resurfacing comments she made earlier this year opposing impeachment.

“McGrath previously stated that ‘impeachment would be the wrong course’ before Democrats began their search for more Senate candidate options in Kentucky,” McConnell’s campaign manager Kevin Golden told the Lexington Herald Leader. “Yet another flip-flop makes it all the more clear that McGrath is a political opportunist who values the contributions from her California donors over the convictions of the people of Kentucky.” 

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats offer mixed reactions to Trump's Mideast peace plan James Taylor to perform at awards ceremony for Ruth Bader Ginsburg this week Trump offers two-state peace plan for Israeli-Palestinian conflict amid skepticism MORE (D-Calif.) Tuesday announced the House would launch a formal impeachment investigation into the president amid an uproar about his dealings with Ukraine.

A memorandum of a July call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky showed that Trump pressured Kiev to open an investigation into Biden. 

A whistleblower complaint regarding the call said that a future phone call or meeting between the two presidents “would depend on whether Zelensky showed willingness to ‘play ball,’” and that “multiple White House officials with direct knowledge” of the call expressed concern that Trump was using his office for his personal political gain.