SLOTKIN: “I came out in September and I wrote a similar op-ed, September 23rd in the ‘Detroit Free Press,’ that I thought, after many, many months of not supporting an inquiry, that I thought it was time to come to have an inquiry. I wrote that in September along with six of my national security colleagues. All of us had either a military or an intelligence community background. And after many, many years — I mean months — I felt that the events around Ukraine, circumstance was fundamentally different, and let me explain to you why. Some of my colleagues came out in support of an impeachment, frankly, when he was sworn, January 3rd. That was one of the first things that some people did. A whole other group of folks came out around the time of the Muller report and the Mueller testimony . And I did not think, you know, the events of that or the actions of that time were worthy of an impeachment inquiry. And I didn’t because I thought we needed to let the election of 2020 decide what was going to happen in our country.
That changed for me on the very basic fact that the President of the United States came out — (Crowd booing) — and his lawyer came out and said very specifically that they had reached out to a foreign power and asked him for information on a political rival.
Rudy Giuliani said it openly on television. The President responded accordingly when asked by a reporter. And for me, that was fundamentally different. That was something fundamentally —“