Rep. Carson Statement on Release of Ukraine Phone Call Memorandum
Washington, DC – Congressman André Carson, a senior member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on the release of the memorandum detailing a telephone conversation between President Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“I am troubled by the memorandum that was released today, but not surprised by what was written. Throughout his time in office, President Trump has displayed a flagrant disregard for the rule of law, and this memorandum further reveals that fact. What does surprise me however, is that the President released this information seemingly under the false assumption that it would somehow vindicate him. The details of this conversation don’t reveal an innocent man. They show an obvious attempt by the President to use the power of his office to exert influence over his foreign counterpart, and thinly veiled quid pro quo. Every American should be extremely concerned by what is found in its pages.
“I fully support Speaker Pelosi’s decision to launch a formal impeachment inquiry, and the details of this phone call demonstrate the absolute necessity of this bold step. We are living under a President who seems to think he is above the law, and cares more about smearing political opponents than upholding the Constitution and maintaining the trust of the American public. That is why we must take steps to stop this executive overreach and restore honor to the Oval Office. As a member of House Intelligence, one of the committees tasked with conducting this inquiry, I am honored to play an active role in this vital effort. And I will undertake this responsibility with the utmost care, and with the full understanding that the future of our Democracy is at stake.”