From the junior Senator of South Carolina Tim Scott:
On July 25, 2019, President Donald Trump spoke with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to congratulate him on winning the Ukrainian presidential election. From this conversation, a whistleblower made a complaint alleging that President Trump made a promise to a foreign leader in exchange for insight on Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden’s actions in the country. This led Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, to announce a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump on September 24, 2019. In a commitment to transparency, the Administration released the full transcript of the call between Presidents Trump and Zelenskiy on September 26, 2019 as well as the whistleblower complaints.
It is imperative that the U.S. Congress not allow the Democrats or the media to taint the integrity of this investigation or Administration without due process. Impeachment is an action that should be undertaken with somber thought and responsibility. Unfortunately, it seems instead as though this inquiry is being used as a political tool by some of those in the House of Representatives.
As with previous administrations, there must be no tolerance for illegal activities or excessive over-reach by the executive branch, and I will continue to push for accountability and transparency at all levels of government. However, I do not believe it is right to turn the President’s congratulatory phone call with President Zelenskiy into political theater. We must reject the divisiveness that is evident in our discourse today and get back to what is really important to the American people. Rest assured, I remain committed to working with my colleagues in Washington to restore civility to our great nation and will continue to fight for responsible reforms to do so.
This is the email response I received from Senator Scott’s office after I asked him to grow a spine and protect our democracy. I added the bold to his statement to show how he is coloring inside the lines drawn for him by Trump and the GOP.
Tim Scott is an interesting character in American politics. He is one of three African-Americans in the U.S. Senate, and the first to serve in both chambers of Congress. He is the first African-American senator from the state of South Carolina, the first African-American senator to be elected from the southern United States since 1881 (four years after the end of the Reconstruction Era), and the first African-American Republican to serve in the U.S. Senate since Edward Brooke departed in 1979. In the GOP he is unicorn, a seemingly mythical animal that rarely speaks, is rarely seen, keeps his head down and hopes absolutely no one notices him or ask him to raise his hand.
And what has he done for the state of South Carolina? Little to nothing and that’s just the way he likes it. The best way to get reelected is to not piss anyone off, draw attention to yourself and sponsor hard-hitting, life changing bills like Restraining Excessive Seizure of Property through the Exploitation of Civil asset forfeiture Tools Act or A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the credit for production from advanced nuclear power facilities. Real humanitarian stuff. Tim Scott is changing the world of advanced nuclear power facilities!
Every state has a Tim Scott and a Lindsey Graham and it is up to us to rid ourselves of these cancerous tumors on democracy and the only way we can do that is to vote. The time to register, check your status, update your information is right now. Don’t wait until October or November, check Vote.gov to make sure you are ready to cast your vote. Encourage your family, friends and most importantly the young people that you know to register or update their registration. We flipped the House last time next up is the White House and the Senate. We can do it but we have to show-up and pull the lever.