The Democratic senators who sent a letter to the Ukranian prosecutor general asking them to investigate President Donald Trump are facing some questions.
Last May, three Democratic senators — Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) — sent a letter to Ukranian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko expressing their “great concern about reports” that his office had taken steps to inhibit former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election interference.
The group of senators wrote that Ukraine “has made significant progress” in their process of building up their “accountable democratic institutions” in spite of the geopolitical pressure from Russia.
“We have supported that capacity-building process and are disappointed that some in Kyiv appear to have cast aside these principles in order to avoid the ire of President Trump,” continued the senators. “If these reports are true, we strongly encourage you to reverse course and halt any efforts to impede cooperation with this important investigation.”
The senators concluded the letter by asking Lutsenko to answer three questions: Did his office “take steps” to impede “cooperation” with Mueller’s investigation, if anyone in the president’s administration or “acting on its behalf” push Ukranian officials not to work with Mueller, and if Mueller’s probe was brought up in conversations between U.S. officials, including when Trump met former Ukranian President Petro Poroshenko in 2017.
The revelation of the letter did not sit well with conservatives, who blasted the three senators on Twitter.
Donald Trump, Jr. wrote that Congress should “impeach” all three of the senators.
“We should impeach them all. That’s how this works, right?” wrote the president’s son. “Given their rules its a no brainer since there’s an actual ask, unlike anything they’re coming up with. Their rules not ours!”
??? We should impeach them all. That's how this works, right? Given their rules its a no brainer since there's an actual ask, unlike anything they're coming up with.
Their rules not ours! https://t.co/tHVArf1sq0
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 25, 2019
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y) proclaimed that he had “enough [with] the double standards and games.”
Or the same Dems not caring about their fellow Dems in Congress demanding last year that the Ukraine gov't investigate & help take down POTUS & other US political opponents? Enough w the double standards & games! https://t.co/G2FLO377Fq
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) September 25, 2019
— Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) September 25, 2019
Check out some of the other reactions:
Holy shit Dem senators sent a letter to the prosecutor in Ukraine last year
Asking them to… wait for it… investigate Trump.https://t.co/RXkZrrLGIX
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) September 25, 2019
What to make of this 2018 letter three Senators sent demanding Ukraine investigate Trump campaign?
Open paragraphs have vibe of, "We gave you aid, but…. it would be a shame if," along with demands to investigate Trump.https://t.co/ymSkuLnjXC
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) September 25, 2019
What happenas when Senators ask the Ukrainian Government a question regarding corruption? Asking for a friend.. https://t.co/blhlP6uuvh
— Scottie Nell Hughes (@scottienhughes) September 25, 2019
Did @SpeakerPelosi just agree to start censure or recall proceedings against these democrat senators? I could be wrong, but this appears to be these dems attempting to leverage #Ukraine to do their bidding re: Mueller investigation. https://t.co/DLRKEm3JPq #impeachment? Nan?
— Joe Pags Pagliarulo (@JoeTalkShow) September 25, 2019
Remember when Democrats sent a letter directly to the Ukraine prosecutor demanding that they investigate Trump?
I hate politics.https://t.co/YzzDR37c2w
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) September 25, 2019
The letter resurfacing came as Pelosi announced she would be initiating an impeachment inquiry against Trump.