More than 300 former U.S. foreign policy and national security officials have signed a letter supporting Democratic lawmakers’ impeachment inquiry into President Trump, following an explosive whistleblower complaint released this week targeting Trump’s repeated efforts to pressure Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky to launch an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.
In the letter published Friday, the officials write that Trump’s actions related to his efforts to urge Zelensky to launch a probe into his political opponent constitutes a “profound national security concern” for the United States.
“To be clear, we do not wish to prejudge the totality of the facts or Congress’ deliberative process. At the same time, there is no escaping that what we already know is serious enough to merit impeachment proceedings,” the officials wrote.
BREAKING: More than 300 former national security professionals, many of whom served presidents of both parties, express alarm at President Trump's actions and endorse the impeachment inquiry in a statement National Security Action released today. https://t.co/kERQg44Kym pic.twitter.com/1Fuq1KC3bZ
— National Security Action (@natsecaction) September 27, 2019
“President Trump appears to have leveraged the authority and resources of the highest office in the land to invite additional foreign interference into our democratic processes. That would constitute an unconscionable abuse of power,” the statement continued.
“It also would represent an effort to subordinate America’s national interests—and those of our closest allies and partners—to the President’s personal political interest.”
The letter, signed by many former Obama and Bush administration officials, warns that U.S. national security will be “on offer” to foreign governments if Congress fails to act.
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R) broke with the White House this week to announce his support of the impeachment inquiry.