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Rep. Lauren Underwood backs impeachment investigation in House

U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville
U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville

U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood said Tuesday she was in support of an investigation into the actions of the Trump campaign to welcome foreign help in 2016 and called it "essentially an impeachment inquiry."

Underwood, D-Naperville, was asked about her thoughts on impeaching President Donald Trump at a town hall meeting in Shorewood.

"No person in America is above the law, including the President of the United States," Underwood said.

"The Mueller Report lays out substantial evidence that the president's campaign actively worked with a foreign adversary to influence the 2016 election," she added. "And the president even said a few weeks ago that he would welcome foreign help to win in 2020 and that is incredibly concerning to me."

Underwood added that while the Special Counsel's report provided a lot of information, it also left open some key questions which House committees are investigating. She called those investigations "really important."

She said the House Judiciary Committee is investigating recommending articles of impeachment, which Chairman Jerry Nadler called "essentially an impeachment inquiry."

"The impeachment inquiry has begun and I support that," she said.

She said it was important for Congress to have access to "all the facts" and supported efforts by House Democrats to get other investigative materials related to the Special Counsel's report which were not disclosed.

But she added that once Congress gets that information, "that will inform a decision whether to draft articles of impeachment."

"No one wins when Congress is compelled to investigate impeachment or bring about articles of impeachment," she said.

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