Freshman Republican: 'I'd prosecute the Democrats for obstruction'

Freshman Republican: 'I'd prosecute the Democrats for obstruction'
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Freshman Rep. Guy ReschenthalerGuy ReschenthalerFreshman Republican: 'I'd prosecute the Democrats for obstruction' Live coverage: Democrats, Republicans seek to win PR battle in final House impeachment hearing Live coverage: Witnesses say Trump committed impeachable offenses MORE (R-Pa.) said during the House's floor debate about the articles of impeachment that while he would defend President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE, he would "prosecute the Democrats for obstruction."

"As a lawyer, I would defend this case every day of the week," Reschenthaler, who sits on the House Judiciary and Foreign Affairs committees, said.

"As a judge, I would dismiss this case for lack of merit. ... I'll tell you who I will prosecute, though. I would prosecute [House Intelligence Committee Chairman] Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHillicon Valley: Dems cancel surveillance vote after pushback to amendments | Facebook to ban certain coronavirus ads | Lawmakers grill online ticketing execs | Hacker accessed facial recognition company's database Hillicon Valley: Democrats cancel surveillance vote over pushback to amendments | Lawmakers grill Ticketmaster, StubHub execs over online ticketing | Democrats cancel surveillance vote over pushback to amendments MORE [D-Calif.] for abuse of power ... and I’d prosecute the Democrats for obstruction," he continued.

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The two articles of impeachment brought against Trump accuse him of abuse of power over his dealings with Ukraine and obstruction of Congress during the impeachment inquiry.

Before he was elected to the House in January, Reschenthaler was a district judge. He also served in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps.

He made similar comments last week when the Judiciary Committee was debating the articles of impeachment. 

During that hearing, Reschenthaler proposed an amendment that would have nullified the impeachment article alleging that Trump obstructed Congress during the impeachment inquiry.

"The facts simply do not align with the Democrats' claim of obstruction," he said at the time. "When there is a disagreement between the executive and the legislative branch, it is supposed to be resolved by the third branch, court."

The House convened Wednesday morning to debate and vote on the rules for its floor debate about the two articles of impeachment brought forward by House Democrats. They are expected to debate the two articles of impeachment for much of the afternoon before voting in the evening.