Rep. Gonzalez says he supports Trump impeachment inquiry

U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, said on Wednesday that he supports the formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump, which U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the day before.

“I am deeply disturbed by the documents disclosed by the White House today,” Gonzalez said in a statement Wednesday evening. “The documents detail the President of the United States seeking political and personal gain through an investigation by foreign powers. The context in which these statements were made is as telling as the statements themselves.

“The law is clear: the Acting Director of National Intelligence must provide the complete, unredacted, whistleblower complaint to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence at once.

“The president, in holding back information required by law, chose to violate the law of our land by subverting the ability of Congress to uphold its constitutional oath. It is my duty as a patriot and as a member of Congress to defend the Constitution, and that is why today I must support the formal impeachment inquiry.”

Gonzalez joins more than 200 House members — no Republicans as of Wednesday — in supporting the impeachment inquiry. The move from Pelosi comes after a series of revelations in recent weeks that began with a whistleblower complaint that the director of National Intelligence and the inspector general for the intelligence community both referred the complaint for possible criminal investigation, according to press reports.

The White House on Wednesday then released a memo of a telephone call between President Trump and the Ukrainian president, in which Trump urged Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate a political opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, who is running for the Democratic nomination in 2020.

One of Gonzalez’s Rio Grande Valley colleagues, U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, has supported an impeachment of Trump for a while.

“Yes,” Vela said Tuesday when asked if he supports impeachment, “since the very beginning.”