Cunningham not taking a position on impeachment

Cunningham not taking a position on impeachment
April 23 20:59 2019 Print This Article

U.S. Representative Joe Cunningham (D-Charleston) is not prepared to take a position on the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump. Cunningham addressed a crowd of about 50 at a town hall meeting in West Ashley Thursday. He did say that he found many “alarming” things in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of possible collusion between the Trump 2016 campaign and the government of Russia. Mueller found no collusion in his 400-page report.

Cunningham was highly critical of U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who presented a summary of the Mueller report and released a redacted version that blacked out information concerning grand jury testimony, classified material, and other sensitive information. He said, “Attorney General Barr should act like the nation’s chief law enforcement officer and not the President’s personal counsel.” The mostly Democrat audience applauded that statement. While not taking a stand on whether he would vote to charge President Trump with articles of impeachment, he did say that the ultimate recourse should take place at the ballot box in the 2020 election.

When answering a question about the use of fossil fuels, Cunningham said that climate change is one of the major issues confronting his 1st Congressional District, which includes parts of Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester, Colleton, and Beaufort counties. He said that climate change is a major factor in flooding and hurricanes. Cunningham expressed the sentiment that “we need to get people out of their cars.”

Cunningham defeated Republican Katie Arrington in the 2018 general election, becoming the first Democrat to win the district since 1978. He made several references to “bipartisanship” during the town hall. The Conservative Review Congressional Scorecard has assigned him a grade of “0” for his votes in his first four months in Congress. Representative Jim Clyburn (D-Columbia) received a grade of 15 during the same period. Cunningham is likely to have 10 or more Republicans vying to challenge him in the June 2020 GOP primary.