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Stabenow supports Trump impeachment inquiry

By: - July 29, 2019 6:30 pm

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow | Andrew Roth

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing), the No. 4 Democrat in the Senate, on Monday said she backs an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

The news was first reported on Twitter Monday by Politico reporter Burgess Everett. A Stabenow spokeswoman confirmed to the Advance Monday evening the reporting.

In a statement, Stabenow said Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian election interference raised serious concerns about Trump.

“The Mueller report describes extremely serious instances of the President of the United States trying to obstruct justice,” the senator said. “I support the ongoing investigations in the House of Representatives and would stand with my colleagues in the House if they decide to launch a formal impeachment inquiry. No one is above the law.”

Stabenow is the fifth federal Democratic lawmaker of nine representing Michigan to support impeachment hearings. U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) has led the fight. Others on board are: U.S. Reps. Dan Kildee (D-Flint), Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.) and Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield).

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Another Michigan member of Congress, U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (I-Cascade Twp.), also backs an impeachment inquiry — something that led to such a deep rift with the GOP that he left the party.

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Susan J. Demas is a 21-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 4,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 70 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.