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Utah lawmaker opens impeachment probe of attorney general

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Democratic lawmaker in Utah said Tuesday he is launching an impeachment probe against Attorney General Sean Reyes following his support of President Donald Trump's attempts to overturn the election.

State Rep. Andrew Stoddard said he is pursuing impeachment because of his ties to a GOP organization that issued robocalls urging people to go to the U.S. Capitol the day it was stormed. Reyes has denied any involvement in the robocalls and condemned the violence in Washington.

Stoddard's primary goal is to investigate Reyes for his actions, but said he has few options besides sponsoring an impeachment resolution. The measure would need a two-thirds majority in the House to pass, which is highly unlikely in the state's politically conservative legislature.

"This is not a move I am taking lightly," Stoddard wrote in a statement. "And in spite of assumptions that this is a partisan or political move, it is not."

Alabama's attorney general has called for an investigation into who may have authorized the fundraising arm of the Republican Attorneys General Association to promote the pro-Trump rally. The controversy prompted the association's executive director to resign.

Association chairman Chris Carr, who is also Georgia's attorney general, has said he didn't have any knowledge of the decision to be involved and is trying to find out what happened.

Stoddard also referenced Reyes' prior support of Trump's legal challenges to election procedures. Reyes spent a weekend in November shortly after his own reelection looking for election problems in Nevada.

Reyes was among several Republican attorneys general who supported a lawsuit filed by the Texas attorney general to overturn the presidential election results in four battleground states in hopes of making Trump the winner. The U.S. Supreme Court dismissed the lawsuit.

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