Local Congressmen and a Congresswoman weighed in this week after articles of impeachment were brought forth in Washington D.C. against President Donald Trump.
As ABC News has been reporting, The House Judiciary Committee on Friday morning voted along party lines to approve two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, sending them to the full House for historic final votes expected next Wednesday.
The committee favorably recommended charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress to the full House.
ABC reports that Democratic supporters of impeachment argue the president abused his power by pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rivals, for his personal benefit, by withholding congressionally-approved military aid, and then blocking Congress' efforts to probe what happened.
They say President Trump violated the Constitution and, if left unchecked, would have the power of a dictator, and that his efforts pose a "clear and present danger" to the 2020 election.
ABC also reports that Republicans dispute that the articles accuse the president of a specific crime, that the abuse of power charge is vague and is just a dispute over policy, and that Democrats are motivated by disliking Trump and a long-standing desire to overturn the results of the 2016 election.
Locally, 14th District Democratic Congresswoman Lauren Underwood of Naperville said in statements this week that she is undecided on how she will vote on the two articles levied by other House Democrats.
Underwood said she was reviewing the articles but said she feels the president abused his power by asking a foreign government to, "do him a favor" saying it undermines national security. However, Underwood said Congress needed to thoughtfully investigate, consider the evidence and provide oversite in the matter.
Underwood previously supported the impeachment inquiry, as did local Democratic Congressman Bill Foster of Naperville, who represents the 11th Congressional District.
Foster said in a statement earlier this week when the articles were introduced that he intends to vote for the articles when they go before the House next week.
Foster said, "After careful consideration of the evidence presented over months during the impeachment inquiry, I believe the facts are clear: President Trump abused the power of his office to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political opponent to benefit his re-election campaign. This represents a gross violation of his oath of office and the public trust."
Meanwhile, 16th District Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger of Channahon feels the articles have simply divided the country and calls the articles, " the culmination of anti-Trump fever."
In a statement, Kinzinger says the impeachment process has left the country “even more divided than before.” He says “Democrats have wanted to overturn the election” ever since Trump was elected.
His statement indicates he thinks voters should decide if Trump stays in office, pointing out that there’s a presidential election in 11 months and saying “voters will have the final say, as was designed by our Founders.”
He believes Congress should be taking up other issues, saying “the drumbeat towards impeachment has delayed” other work.