DENVER — U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner co-sponsored a resolution Friday that accuses House Democrats of denying President Donald Trump “basic fairness and due process” in their impeachment inquiry.
“I had hoped Speaker (Nancy) Pelosi would turn away from the sharp partisanship that has driven the House process but she has not. I hope people will read the resolution and that everyone supports a fair and transparent process,” Gardner said in a statement, calling the impeachment inquiry “a political circus.”
Gardner, a Yuma Republican who faces a tough re-election fight in 2020, is one of 50 Senate Republicans to co-sponsor the measure crafted by Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. It was Graham who announced Gardner had signed on Friday afternoon.
The resolution, which is largely symbolic, slams the impeachment inquiry as undemocratic and unfair to Trump. It urges House leaders to grant Republicans in Congress, Trump and the president’s lawyers more access to impeachment hearings.
“The main allegations against President Trump are based on assertions and testimony from witnesses whom he is unable to confront, as part of a process in which he is not able to offer witnesses in his defense or have a basic understanding of the allegations lodged against him,” the resolution says.