Nancy Harris, a Boise businesswoman who is running for the Democratic nomination for the Senate seat currently held by Jim Risch in 2020, issued the following statement this morning:

"We are about to face the most serious impeachment of a President in the history of the United States and Senator Jim Risch wants us to read every word of the whistleblower report and make our own decisions while at the same time he says there is nothing there. Well Senator, we have read it and there is a violation of law and there may be a cover up as well. If Senator Risch would quit playing politics with our laws and Constitution, he would see that the President solicited help from the President of Ukraine for a political reason, and that is a violation of United States law. Senator, let me remind you, you are a lawyer as well as a career politician, so you know that the law states: 'It shall be unlawful for… a person to solicit, accept, or receive a contribution or donation (money or other thing of value) from a foreign national in connection with a federal, state, or local election. Jim, what else needs to be read?"

"As your new United States Senator, I will make sure our laws are enforced regardless of party. We are a country of laws and no one is above the law."

Harris is one of two Democrats who have announced bids for the Senate seat in 2020; the other is Shelley farmer Travis Oler. Harris most recently made news by pledging that she will tandem BASE jump off the Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls if she raises $15,000 or more in campaign contributions between Sept. 18 and Sept. 30.

Risch has announced he'll seek re-election to a third Senate term; no other Republicans have indicated they'll run.

You can read the full whistleblower complaint, which is 9 pages, and the White House transcript of the call, which is 5 pages, here at idahopress.com.

On Thursday, after the whistleblower complaint was declassified, Risch issued this statement:

“The transcript of and whistleblower report related to President Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Zelensky were not compelling to me, after reviewing both. We heard all kinds of allegations of arm-twisting and bullying, and it’s just not there. I know evidence when I see it, and the Democrats are going to need more than this if they want to build an impeachment case. But, don’t take my word for it — every American should read the report, which is easily understood, and make up his or her own mind.”

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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