This story was updated at 8:02 p.m. to add comments from congressman Dan Meuser, at 8:48 p.m. to add comments from John Joyce and at 8:58  p.m. to add comments from a spokesperson for Brian Fitzpatrick.

Multiple Democratic lawmakers from Pennsylvania are now open to an impeachment inquiry against Republican President Donald Trump. Some of these comments were made before U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, announced the opening of an official impeachment inquiry based on reports that Trump may have withheld security assistance funds to persuade a foreign country to help him against a potential opponent in the 2020 election.

We’ll update this post as more lawmakers make public comments.

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Bucks County Republican congressman Brian Fitzpatrick: No recent news releases about impeachment, and nothing about impeachment recently posted on his Twitter or Facebook accounts as of 4 p.m. Tuesday. But a Fitzpatrick spokesman told The Morning Call he’s opposed to impeachment.

 

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Democratic congressman Brendan Boyle of Philadelphia already supported impeachment efforts. He renewed that call.

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Philadelphia Democrat Dwight Evans already supported a formal impeachment inquiry. He renewed that call.

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Montgomery County Democrat Madeleine Dean already supported an impeachment inquiry.

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Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon, a Delaware County Democrat, renewed her call for an impeachment inquiry.

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Chester County Democrat Chrissy Houlahan has resisted calls for impeachment, but this week, she said that if it is true that Trump “was indeed willing to use his power and withhold security assistance funds to persuade a foreign country to assist him in an upcoming election” that would be an impeachable offense.

She made the statement in a Washington Post op-ed with six other Democrats.

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Lehigh Valley Democrat Susan Wild has previously resisted impeachment efforts. But on Tuesday, she said she would support an impeachment inquiry if the administration continues “to withhold the whistleblower complaint at the heart of this matter … .”

She said if the president did “coerce a foreign leader to investigate his political rival for purposes of bolstering his 2020 re-election prospects,” it would warrant impeachment.

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Congressman Matt Cartwright, a Democrat in northeastern Pennsylvania, has previously resisted impeachment efforts.

But on Tuesday afternoon he expressed support for “comprehensive impeachment proceedings and document production,” although he noted it remains to be seen whether that will result in “actual impeachment.”

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Republican Dan Meuser issued a statement on Tuesday calling the impeachment inquiry an attempt to unlawfully remove the president from office and “nothing short of a Constitutional embarrassment for our country.”

“After harassing the President through countless investigations that began before he was elected related to tax returns, Russian collusion, obstruction of justice, and hotel business operations – none of which were based in fact and costing tens of millions of taxpayer dollars – one would think that Democrat leadership would move on to matters of actual importance. Democrat leadership has, however, chosen to focus on creating a far-fetched scandal related to a phone call with a foreign government leader. They are moving forward with an impeachment inquiry based on a transcript they have not read, one that the President is releasing tomorrow, and without the questionable whistleblower report.”

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York County Republican Scott Perry: No recent news releases about impeachment. An email to his office was not returned Tuesday afternoon.

In a video Monday, Perry referenced the whistleblower complaint against the president.

“The president does have the ability to make arrangements and agreements with leaders of foreign nations,” Perry said in the video. “…Presidents need to be able to operate in this space and have conversation with other foreign leaders on behalf of the United States. And so, unfortunately, I think we’re probably just going to waste a lot of time with this.”

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Lancaster County Republican Lloyd Smucker said Tuesday evening that Democrats are “rushing to condemn the President on hearsay and without all the information.

“Democrats are rushing to impeachment without the facts — and the facts are currently unclear. The Democrats have made clear that their partisan obstruction agenda of impeaching the President is more important than actually solving the issues the American people elected us to solve.”

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Republican Fred Keller, whose district covers all or parts of 15 counties — including Perry, Snyder Union, Juniata and Mifflin counties, as well as most of Northumberland County and much of north-central Pa. — rejected the impeachment inquiry as a political move by “Democrats and never-Trumpers (who) have been determined at any cost to delegitimize our duly elected President.

“Enough is enough. The American people are tired of this charade. It’s time for Congress to focus on real action on legislation that would benefit the American people.”

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Republican Congressman John Joyce’s district covers part of Cumberland County and all of Adams and Franklin counties.

“House Democrats have proven that they prioritize endless investigations over meaningful legislation,” Joyce said in a statement.

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Republican Guy Reschenthaler said the impeachment inquiry was “political theater” by Democrats:

 

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Republican Glenn Thompson’s Twitter and Facebook accounts did not have any posts related to the impeachment inquiry as of early Tuesday evening.

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Republican Mike Kelly’s Twitter and Facebook accounts did not have any posts related to the impeachment inquiry as of early Tuesday evening.

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Southwestern Pennsylvania Democrat Conor Lamb has opposed impeachment efforts. In a statement Monday, Lamb said Congress needs to get the full text of the whistleblower complaint by Thursday.

“We cannot allow even the possibility to exist that our President used the immense power of that office to protect his own selfish interests, rather than to protect the American people,” he said in a statement. “…We will get the truth.”

The statement didn’t mention impeachment or what Congress members should do if they don’t receive the complaint.

 

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Democrat Michael Doyle renewed his call for an impeachment inquiry.