Michigan's Elissa Slotkin, a former CIA analyst and Department of Defense official, joined six fellow Democratic freshman Congress members on Monday in authoring a Washington Post Op-ed piece expressing grave concern about allegations that President Donald Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and withhold aide if it didn't.
"If these allegations are true, we believe these actions represent an impeachable offense."
Slotkin was joined by freshmen Congress members Gil Cisneros of California, Jason Crow of Colorado, Chrissy Houlahan of Pennsylvania, Elaine Luria of Virginia, Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey and Abigail Spanberger of Virginia.
"Our lives have been defined by national service," the column begins. "We are not career politicians. We are veterans of the military and of the nation’s defense and intelligence agencies. Our service is rooted in the defense of our country on the front lines of national security."
The Gang of 7 then goes on to write:
"The president of the United States may have used his position to pressure a foreign country into investigating a political opponent, and he sought to use U.S. taxpayer dollars as leverage to do it. He allegedly sought to use the very security assistance dollars appropriated by Congress to create stability in the world, to help root out corruption and to protect our national security interests, for his own personal gain. These allegations are stunning, both in the national security threat they pose and the potential corruption they represent. We also know that on Sept. 9, the inspector general for the intelligence community notified Congress of a “credible” and “urgent” whistleblower complaint related to national security and potentially involving these allegations. Despite federal law requiring the disclosure of this complaint to Congress, the administration has blocked its release to Congress."
On Twitter, Michigan Rep. Debbie Dingell also expressed support for possible impeachment.
This country is divided. We cannot be divided on the rule of law. As an elected official my oath is to protect national security and the Constitution.— Rep. Debbie Dingell (@RepDebDingell) September 24, 2019
After recent revelations, I support an impeachment inquiry because we must follow the facts and hold the President accountable.