Statement from the Office of Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur
Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), released the following statement in her capacity as Co-Chair of the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus. Rep. Kaptur delivered an abbreviated version of this statement on the House floor Tuesday evening.
“Like so many Americans, I’m disgusted by President Trump’s repeated betrayal of American interests in favor of Vladimir Putin’s,” said. Rep. Kaptur. “This President’s efforts to coerce Ukrainian President Zelensky – an allied leader - into helping him win reelection by using congressionally supported military aid as leverage is not only a dramatic betrayal of the President’s Oath of Office, it’s also the latest example of Trump doing Putin’s bidding.”
“Now, I am fairly certain President Trump’s relationship with Vladimir Putin didn’t start with his veiled support for Putin’s election meddling, or inviting the Russians to hack the DNC, or even lobbying for Russia to be readmitted to the G7. But this I know for sure, his efforts to betray the freedom loving people of a beleaguered Ukraine to advance his political fortunes is more than the American people are prepared to endure.
“Who benefits when Ukraine loses military assistance? Russia: the country whose waged a bloody war in Ukraine for over 5 years, leaving 13,000 dead and 30,000 injured. Who’s to say Putin wasn’t listening in when Trump blackmailed Zelensky?
“No member of Congress has traveled to Ukraine as many times as I, even long before the Berlin Wall fell. Trump cannot be allowed to break the laws of our county with impunity. The American people have looked on in horror as he has engaged in unprecedented levels of corruption and self-dealing.
“If President Trump and his administration fail to comply with legitimate Congressional inquiries, then there is no other option than for this House to stand with our American allies and move forward with impeachment.”
Rep. Kaptur previously came out in support of an impeachment inquiry on September 12.