Alaska’s lone U.S. Rep. Don Young is unhappy about the news that the Democrat-led U.S. House of Representatives has finally launched an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, calling it a “waste of time” and politically motivated by Democrats sore about the 2016 election.
Young was the first and, as of this publication, the only member of Alaska’s Congressional delegation to release a statement about the impeachment inquiry with a statement Tuesday afternoon after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the House would be exploring allegations that Trump leaned on the leader of Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden.
Young said that in his view he doesn’t think Trump has done anything that warrants impeachment.
“Frankly, impeachment is not only a political stunt, but a waste of time. I do not support impeachment, and while President Trump and I do not agree on every issue, I have not seen evidence of an impeachable offense,” he said. “Impeachment proceedings require the House to dedicate significant time and resources; time and resources that would be better spent focused on making our country a better place and not on the November 2020 elections.”
The impeachment inquiry is a few steps short of the House actually voting on articles of impeachment. The process, as it appeared to be coming together on Tuesday, would have various House committees set to investigating the accusations raised in a whistleblower report that accuses Trump of leveraging Congressionally approved funds to Ukraine in order to investigate Joe Biden.
Trump has already confirmed broad parts of the story but claims nothing was illegal about it, and the release of the transcript of the call this morning does show Trump offering U.S. Department of Justice help to Ukraine to investigate Biden.
He then turned to accusing the Democrats of having a chip on their shoulder about losing the 2016 elections to Trump.
“From the moment President Trump was elected, Congressional Democrats have acted as sore losers, spending every minute working to undermine him and his Administration’s policies. Speaker Pelosi has decided to begin an impeachment inquiry – a decision she has been forced into by the extreme left of her party who harbor nothing but hated for President Trump.”
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski called the accusations behind the impeachment inquiry “concerning” on Monday prior the House’s launch of the impeachment inquiry while U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan dodged questions about it altogether, telling Alaska Public Media’s Liz Ruskin: “I have no comment on that until I see what the facts are. … I’m not going to learn the facts from reading it in the press.”
Why it matters
Young’s response isn’t particularly surprising given his track record.
What’s interesting is the larger backdrop of the 2020 elections. Republicans will want to be going into the election showing unity up and down the ticket, but the accusations raised in this latest controversy are potentially the clearest example of wrongdoing by Trump so far.
It’s unclear what kind of political fallout will stem from this. Will there be enough for Trump’s allies and enablers to walk away from him? Or will Trump’s allies continue to help dismiss the accusations, tying their political futures to the Trump brand?
Meanwhile in Alaska, the Alaska Republican Party, which is facing its own infighting, decided to get rid of the 2020 presidential preference poll altogether, meaning Alaska Republicans will have no option besides Trump for next year’s Republican primary.