WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 10: House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) argues with the chairman during a hearing about the Mueller Reporter in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill June 10, 2019 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony from former Chief White House Counsel John Dean, who went to prison for his role in the Watergate burglaries and subsequent cover-up and became a key witness for the investigation and ultimate resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Local Congressman Jordan calls impeachment vote a ‘charade’

Local Congressman Jim Jordan, ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, called the impeachment vote held today a “charade.”

Democrats approved a package of ground rules for their impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. It was the first formal vote of the impeachment inquiry.

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The vote was 232-196, with all Republicans against the resolution and two Democratic defectors joining them.

“Democrats have been trying to impeach the President since day one of this Congress. Now, a year before the next election, Democrats are moving to undo the will of the American people,” said Jordan.” Americans will see through the Democrats’ desperate attempt to legitimize Adam Schiff’s sham inquiry. This resolution is nothing more than a charade to create the appearance of due process, while continuing a deeply flawed and shameful partisan stunt.”

The vote laid down the rules as lawmakers transition from weeks of closed-door interviews with witnesses to public hearings and ultimately to possible votes on whether to recommend Trump’s removal from office.

The action also took on more than technical meaning, with each party aware that the impeachment effort looms as a defining issue for next year’s presidential and congressional campaigns.

Democrats spoke of lawmakers’ duty to defend the Constitution, while Republicans cast the process as a skewed attempt to railroad a president whom Democrats have detested since before he took office.

Congressman Tim Ryan, a Youngstown-area Democrat, said the vote was a “critical moment.”

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, speaks during the New Hampshire state Democratic Party convention in Manchester, N.H. Ryan announced Oct. 24, 2019, he is ending his 2020 presidential campaign.
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“The President of the United States pressured a foreign nation to investigate his political opponent while withholding crucial American support. Make no mistake: not only is it an abuse of power, it is illegal,” Ryan said. “The testimonies from those present for the call and the demands for the investigation of a political opponent are damning. President Trump continues to put his personal agenda above the American people.”

Congressman Warren Davidson, R-Troy, said it was fitting the vote was on Halloween.

“Happy Halloween! A perfect day for House Democrats to trick the American people into thinking the impeachment process is fair,” Davidson said on Twitter.

We will release more reaction from Ohio lawmakers as we get them.

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