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Greg Walden Weighs in On Impeachment


Oregon’s only Republican member of Congress, Greg Walden, says the impeachment process hasn’t begun the way it should.

The 2nd District’s Representative says it’s problematic that there has been no formal resolution in the house. Walden says so far he doesn’t think President Trump’s actions rise to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors as required by the constitution.

“If they’re going to go down this path they need to do it by the book. Because these are really serious things.” Walden says, “If you’re going to overturn the will of the American people and unseat a president of the United States you better have really good reasons and they better measure up to that.”

Walden says he supports the release of information on Trump’s call to the Ukrainian president.

“If they are moving into a former impeachment process then while I would not sit as a juror that would be the senate, you’re kind of like a grand juror.” Walden says, “And so I don’t want to speculate on this that or the other thing, hypotheticals out there.  I’m fine getting the facts. That’s what we need. And then see what they bring as a charge if there is any charge.”

Walden says the impeachment proceedings might hold up any legislation in Congress and deepen the partisan divide. His Oregon Democratic colleagues have all joined the call for an impeachment inquiry.

KLCC's Barbara Dellenback spoke with Representative Greg Walden Friday, September 27th by phone. Listen to the full interview here.

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Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
Barbara Dellenback returned to KLCC in December 2017 after pursuing other radio gigs and fundraising for community benefit organizations. She's host of the KLCC podcast The Oregon Grapevine. You can hear her on the radio hosting Weekend Edition, Morning Edition, and All Things Considered.
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