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Senator Gardner spars with reporters over questions related to impeachment inquiry

Posted: 4:40 PM, Oct 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-10 18:42:06-04
Senator Cory Gardner

DENVER — Congress is on recess and lawmakers are back home. Colorado Senator Cory Gardner found himself in a little dust up with reporters in Denver when asked repeatedly about the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

Gardner was attending a Colorado Chamber of Commerce event when asked if he thought it was appropriate for the President of the United States to ask a foreign leader to investigate a political rival. It was offered as a yes or no question.

The senator did not answer the question, was asked again, and would only comment on the impeachment inquiry itself.

"I mean, it was a jump to a very partisan, very partisan serious use of a tool in the Constitution. This is about an investigation taking place at the Senate Intelligence Committee. That's where it should be. What we've seen from the House of Representatives and Nancy Pelosi is a very partisan sized effort," he replied.

Gardner says he hopes for a transparent investigation, adding there is an election coming up, voters will decide.The Republican Senator is coming under increasing scrutiny as he faces reelection in 2020 as Colorado's state government is now under the control of a Democrat majority.