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Horn declines to take position on impeachment

U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn declined Saturday to take a position on impeaching President Donald Trump, saying lawmakers shouldn’t make any premature decisions.

“There’s a lot we don’t know, and I think we need all of the information to make the decisions, and then we’ll see what happens next,” Horn, D-Oklahoma City, said at a town hall meeting in northeast Oklahoma City.

Some Democratic lawmakers and presidential candidates have called for impeachment in the wake of special counsel Robert S. Mueller’s redacted report released earlier this month. The report detailed Russian efforts to influence the U.S. election for Trump, contacts between Russians and Trump campaign aides and the president’s actions in office while the special counsel investigation was underway.

“I think we have to, as Congress, continue to do the work of investigating and finding out all of the facts," Horn said, "because I think we only know a part of it.”

She said Congress shouldn’t neglect other important matters while conducting its inquiries.

Horn’s town hall, held at the 5th Street Baptist Church, attracted about 30 people and questions about impeachment, health care, veterans, climate change and whether Democrats were doing enough to publicize their agenda.

Horn said the Democratic majority had approved legislation this year aimed at narrowing the gender gap in pay, renewing the Violence Against Women Act and making necessary changes to campaign finance and election laws.

Horn, a freshman who flipped the 5th Congressional District in an upset, made reference to the disproportionate attention being paid to a small number of her first-year colleagues.

“If you were to look at the national media or your social media feed, you would probably think there are about three new people elected to the Congress in my class,” she said.

“The truth is most of us are somewhere in this middle place. We’re not all the way over to either end. … That’s why I’m here. That’s why I’ve been out and about talking to people because I think the only way we fix that is by having conversations one on one. Because it’s easy to paint somebody with a broad brush, and to call me a name.”

Horn’s comments came days after two Republicans, state Sen. Stephanie Bice and small business advocate Terry Neese announced they would run for the 5th District seat in 2020.

Both of the candidates’ announcements mentioned House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and used the word “socialist,” suggesting they would run traditional Republican campaigns, at least in the primary, despite advances made by Democrats in the Oklahoma County part of the district. More Republicans are expected to get in the race.

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<strong>U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn answers a question Saturday at a town hall meeting in northeast Oklahoma City. [Chris Casteel/The Oklahoman]</strong>

U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn answers a question Saturday at a town hall meeting in northeast Oklahoma City. [Chris Casteel/The Oklahoman]

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Chris Casteel

Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. Casteel covered the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City. From 1990 through 2016, he was the... Read more ›

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