Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, who was in Denver to speak at a Colorado Chamber of Commerce event, would not say whether he felt it was appropriate for the President of the United States to ask a foreign leader to investigate a political rival.
It’s the question at the heart of the impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives.
In response, Colorado’s Democratic Party said the senator refused to “say the obvious.”
“Instead of being an independent voice speaking out for what’s right, Gardner is regurgitating partisan talking points and putting his own political interests ahead of protecting our democracy,” said spokeswoman Alyssa Roberts.
Gardner criticized the House process and said he believes the bipartisan Senate Intelligence committee is the best avenue for investigation — although the Constitution does state the House of Representatives “shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.” The Senate, however, has the “sole Power to try all Impeachments.”
“Unfortunately, what we’ve seen is a very political process take over,” Gardner said to a group of reporters at the Westin Hotel in downtown Denver, where the chamber held its event.
“This is a serious time, a very serious investigation, let’s have that investigation,” Gardner said.