Trump — who is facing Walsh and two other Republicans in his primary for reelection — was hit with an impeachment inquiry after House Democrats, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), found a phone call with Ukrainian leadership to be problematic.
The president spoke with Ukrainian leaders about a scandal surrounding his 2020 competitor Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. Democrats claimed Trump withheld military aid from Ukraine in return for dirt on his political opponents — a quid pro quo the administration denies.
While most Republicans seem ready to defend Trump throughout the inquiry, Walsh wants to see Trump removed from office.
Just now, I sent this letter to Republicans in Congress, asking them to put country over party by supporting impeachment of this president. You can read the full text of my letter here: https://t.co/83BUmNucxg https://t.co/fGks7gXjVX
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) October 3, 2019
In his letter to Republicans, Walsh wrote:
“I know this isn’t easy. And yes, by upholding your oath and speaking up for what you know is right, you may take a short term political hit. I can attest to that. It will still be right. The extreme abuse of office by this president is not hypothetical. The president himself has already admitted to asking the Ukrainian president to investigate the Bidens. And, literally since I began to draft this letter to you, our president called on China to begin investigating the Bidens, despite the news of impeachment inquiry. I don’t think we need any more evidence than this. Do you?”
Walsh told his former colleagues that they must choose between defending President Trump and defending the Constitution.
“It’s time to put country over party. So do what’s right: Support this impeachment inquiry, and join the Democrats in getting these answers for the American people. History will not look kindly upon those who stay silent now.”
He concluded his letter by borrowing the phrase “America First,” which is often touted by President Trump.
“Be an American first, a Republican second,” wrote Walsh.
Former Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) is another retired Republican who called on his party to strongly consider impeachment. As IJR previously reported, he called for them not to support Trump’s reelection — a call Walsh would surely endorse.