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Rep. Lamborn tours El Paso County jail

Posted at 6:30 PM, Jan 21, 2020

EL PASO COUNTY — The Impeachment trial is now underway in the Senate and Congressman Doug Lamborn was found in his home district on Tuesday- touring the El Paso County Jail.

Lamborn, primarily interested in discussing a few items with Sheriff Bill Elder. One of the priorities included learning more about a 'Veterans Ward', an area dedicated to veterans and active duty inmates. After Tuesday's tour, Lamborn says he believes there's a lot other jails and prisons could learn from.

"They [veterans] sometimes have special needs they might have mental health issues based on PTSD," said Lamborn.

The congressman toured multiple sections of the jail, and learned about the intake processes inmates undergo during his tour.

Sheriff Elder also spoke to the congressman about some legislation currently in congress about expanding medicaid to pre-trial inmates.

"We break the cycle of medical treatment, but we don't break the cycle of everything else," Elder told Lamborn during a meeting before the tour.

Lamborn also spoke to reporters about the start of the impeachment trial during his visit to the jail, "I voted against sending it over the Senate in the first place, people may disagree with what the President did, or tried to do, or is accused of trying to do, or what some of his people tried to do regarding Ukraine but it's not impeachable," said Lamborn.

Lamborn added he does not trust Lev Parnas and believes any testimony from him would be "worthless".