RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) sat down with 8News anchors Juan Conde and Constance Jones on Tuesday to discuss a variety of topics.
The Virginia congresswoman shared her views on the House’s impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, issues concerning Virginia’s 7th Congressional District and the decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.
An impeachment investigation is launched against President Trump
A day before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an official impeachment inquiry against President Trump, Spanberger co-authored an op-ed in The Washington Post with six other freshman Democrats that called for an investigation to be launched if allegations that Trump used his power to pressure a foreign leader into investigating a political opponent were true.
“I believe that we made the right choice in saying that we needed to move on an impeachment inquiry,” Spanberger told 8News, “because there are more questions than there are answers at this point in time, and the American people need to know what occurred and we need to ensure that we are protecting the value of our elections moving forward and that there is no thought across the international community that foreign leaders can leverage or can curry favor with the President of the United States by doing political favors.”
Spanberger explained that the motivation behind writing the op-ed with her colleagues was not political but about the oath she swore when joining Congress.
“Voters in the 7th district elected me to show integrity, to make decisions based on principals, and recognizing the national security threat that exists in these allegations against the president. This isn’t political for me,” she said Tuesday. “This is about the oath that I swore to protect the Constitution and defend all that it represents.”
“Not only is it illegal if true, but it is in fact a complete violation of our political system.”Rep. Spanberger
When asked whether she fears her stance could jeopardize her seat in 2020, Spanberger said “I don’t” before elaborating.
“I intend to do what is right for the country. I intend to make a decision based on fact and evidence. I have always been a great believer in the power of information and informed decision making, and if that costs me my seat then…I have greater faith in the voters that they will recognize that in my efforts to make good decisions on behalf of this country, I’m doing the right thing.”
U.S. decides to pull troops from northern Syria
On Monday, Spanberger called the plan to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria as “a misguided and catastrophic blow to our national security interests.” A day later, following a congressional delegation trip to the Syrian-Jordanian border, she told 8News it was “shocking” to hear about the decision.
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