Downstate Congressman Sides With Trump In Impeachment Fight, But Not Syria

WBBM Newsradio Staff
October 08, 2019 - 6:06 pm

U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood (WBBM Newsradio/Dave Dahl)

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Downstate Congressman Darin LaHood, R-Dunlap, on Tuesday signaled support for President Trump in his fight with Democrats over an impeachment inquiry.

While he says he would not use Trump’s exact words, LaHood said the president is correct to question why Hunter Biden, then son of a sitting Vice President Joe Biden, earned $50,000 a month in Ukraine.

“Most of the people in my district don’t make $50,000 a year,” said LaHood, whose district includes much of central and western Illinois.

House Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry into Trump after a whistle-blower alleged the president tried to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Biden family. That could benefit Trump in the 2020 election because Joe Biden is a frontrunner among Democrats for the presidential nomination.

On another topic, LaHood was not so agreeable with Trump. He said the president’s decision to withdraw from Syria could lead to massacre.

“I don’t think that’s the right approach,” LaHood told reporters. “I worry about the slaughter of the Kurds, and I worry about our relationship with our allies when we say ‘We are going to be with you,’ and that is clearly not happening.”