Since I joined the U.S. House of Representatives in January, I’ve done my best to steer clear of the political circus we see on a daily basis in Washington. Instead I’ve worked successfully with my colleagues to pass legislation preventing child abuse and making it easier for Americans to save for school and retirement. I’ve been laser focused on passing the United States Mexico and Canada Trade Agreement, moving forward welfare reform, and implementing the 2018 Farm Bill.

But I just have to say — the impeachment process unfolding in the House over the last several weeks should cause pause for all members of Congress and the American people.

Some of my colleagues are for impeachment and others of us are opposed, but we should all admit that by its very nature, impeachment is emotional, taxing and divisive.

Let’s remember — some are seeking to remove our duly elected president from office. That is no small thing. This is changing the trajectory of American history. Given how contentious and how important this proceeding is, members of Congress have a special obligation to play by the rules. We need a process that is open, sound, and fair. Congress is failing at that special obligation.

First, the Speaker has launched impeachment without a vote of the legislative body. This is unprecedented. Members have been denied their authority, their voice, and their opportunity to be on the record. Let us be clear: under the Constitution, the authority to launch impeachment rests with the U.S. House of Representatives, not with the Speaker of the House or the Chairman of the Intelligence Committee.

Second, this proceeding has not been open and transparent. Instead, members have been denied access to witness testimony, there is no live feed or TV coverage like we’ve seen during past impeachment proceedings, and Republicans are being removed from committee hearings. The result is that Americans and most members of Congress are not getting all the facts.

Finally, this proceeding has not been fair. In the past, presidents have been allowed to have legal counsel present. Counsel had an opportunity to cross-examine witnesses. The accused had an opportunity to examine the evidence and prepare a defense rather than battle secondhand accounts of closed-door testimony selectively leaked to the media.

Two hundred and twenty-eight of my colleagues have announced they are ready to impeach the president even though the evidence hasn’t been fully gathered yet, and in any case, we haven’t been allowed to review it. How in the world is that fair?

Elections matter. Transparency matters. Due process matters. Faith in our Constitution and institutions matter. As I said, Congress should live up to its special obligation. Our country deserves nothing less.

(17) comments

bjs12258

Dear Sir: Please go study your history. As a duly elected representative, it is vital that you have a good understanding of the impeachment proceedings. Things are moving along exactly as they should - legally and thoughtfully. This is not a trial. This is a hearing and witnesses are kept apart for a specific reason. However, I find it hilarious that you are complaining that the Democrats aren't playing fair when your President does something every single day to break the law - but I don't hear you complaining about that. Emoluments? Nepotism? Tax Returns? Trying to build an illegal wall with funds meant for our veterans? Being best buddies with dictators? If you really want to start shouting about things that are unfair, you need to look within you own party before you start accusing others.


antiteaparty

The House has the ability to lay out the rules for impeachment proceedings. Last I checked the Dems control the House. The reason why the Dems control the House is because they won a majority in the last election. The American people saw it as a referendum on Dump and voted accordingly. Like Rethuglicans like to remind their opponents every chance they get, elections have consequences. Poor Dusty.


Putin

Thanks, Dusty. What’s transparent is you’re ignoring the obvious. Can’t tell you how you how much I appreciate it! But I’m not so much concerned about impeachment, anyway. Your Senate will keep our man in power, and he’s done so much for us already! I really loved his betrayal of those terrorist Kurds. But instead of ignoring that, can’t you blame it on the Democrats somehow? Thanks for helping Make Russia Great Again! 🖤🖤


Kate70

The P&D is now condoning publishing such obviously fake, doctored, and false posts as the above? Disgusting.


antiteaparty

You could always stop reading and start your own news service. You could call it Fox News - Yankton Edition! You could spend the whole time lamenting how the Dumbocrats are really mean to Republicans. When you tire of that you could explore the origins of Barrack Obama and search Hillary's email server.


Jolly Roger

Hi, Kate. Wow! You hid under your bed for almost three weeks!! I guess that sad post about leaving the fray was too hard to keep. I had the same problem when I tried to quit smoking. And it really was a good time to lie low. While you were gone, the voters started to support impeachment (51% according to FoxNews) and our generals and the world at large are horrified by our betraying of the Kurds and leaving them to the genocidal good judgement of the Turks. But let me help you out. I’ve looked over your past posts and I think I can simplify things for you by consolidating your innocent responses. All you have to do is cut and paste the following: 1)- I’m not a Trump lackey ‘cause I acknowledge he said some naughty things. 2)- Stop being Rude everyone! 3) - I quit! Again!


451‭°F‬

I understand your frustration with “fake posts,” Kate70. (Can I call you, “70”?) My Parents named me funny, too. How did they come up with your moniker?


dmilroy

Kate70, "Putin's" satire points out Rep. Dusty Johnson silence on President Trump betraying our Kurdish allies which benefits Russia and Vladimir Putin. Mr. Johnson complains about the process of impeachment but remains silent on President Trump's conduct.

E pluribus

⬛️ I’ll keep saying this while you all squabble . We know exactly what the Russians want. No surprises here. It’s what the Russians have always wanted. It’s what Lenin, Stalin, Khrushchev, Kosygin, Brezhnev, Putin and a whole lot of lesser Russian Bosses have always dreamed of. They’ve always wanted us divided and arguing among ourselves while they “eat our lunch.” They've penetrated our electoral process, they have almost as many nukes as we do, and they're taking their sophisticated military hardware on a victory tour around the planet. We've got to stop these family quarrels and protect ourselves against the real enemy. If we emerge from this struggle with our Democracy intact, there’ll be time to argue later. ⬛️

dmilroy

Rep. Dusty Johnson R-South Dakota is mistaken. There is no Constitutional mandate that congress vote on beginning an impeachment inquiry. U.S. House of Representatives alone decides their rules. No investigation is open and transparent. No past presidents have been allowed to have legal counsel present during an investigation nor have they cross-examine witnesses. Mr. Johnson mistakes an impeachment inquiry for an impeachment trial which occurs in the Senate. Only Republicans to be removed from a hearing were those who did not sit on the intelligence committee. Closed sessions are closed to those not on the committee.



More troubling than Mr. Johnson procedural misunderstands is his silence. President Donald Trump stood on the lawn of the White House on Thursday Oct 3, 2019 and, in front of the entire world, called on foreign powers to interfere in American elections. Why hasn't Mr. Johnson condemned Mr. Trump's abuse of power? It is your duty and obligation to work to ensure our American traditions of free and fair elections are preserved for generations to come. Why is Mr. Johnson shirking his duty to country?


Jolly Roger

There you go again, dmilroy, pushing that Sisyphean bolder up the hill one more time. I laud your energy in trying to present facts against a tide of fatuous Fox and Friends falsities. Which is what Dusty does - dutifully disseminating distracting, dishonest disinformation. But since most Republicans only have one news source, your facts unfortunately are “Pearls before Pachyderms.”

dmilroy

My hope is that the readers of the P&D are more open to facts and evidence.

Friedrich Farmer

Dusty, what about the trade war? It it going to get ignored during all this? We’re facing another unsold harvest. What are you doing about it? I thought trade wars were easy to win.

Iman

"I’ve done my best to steer clear of the political circus" . . . . but you are one of the clowns

dmilroy

All Iman ever has to offer is childish name-calling and insults.

ClownsRus

Clever, but opaquely meaningless. Still, anyone following you knows better than to be disappointed. But if you want to be noticed why not follow that recommendation somebody else made and pick a clever (and brightly colored) avatar? It should be simple for someone like you who boasts a college education. Just go to “accounts” and “Edit Profile.”

dmilroy

Thankful Rep. Dusty Johnson was not part of the publicity stunt by Congressional Republicans which stormed a closed-door deposition in secure House Intelligence Committee seeking to delay the impeachment inquiry. Maybe Mr. Johnson is paying attention to John Thune (R-SD), the second-ranking Senate Republican who admitted Wednesday that former Ukraine ambassador Bill Taylor’s testimony was “not a pretty picture,”

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