Inhofe says wife suffered mild stroke, 'progressing nicely'

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe's wife, Kay, suffered what he described as a mild stroke last week, causing him to miss the first day of impeachment trial proceedings

ByThe Associated Press
January 21, 2020, 2:40 PM
Joe Biden, James Inhofe, Kay Inhofe
FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2015 file photo, Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., accompanied by Inhofe's wife Kay, center, after taking the Senate oath during a ceremonial re-enactment swearing-in ceremonyin Washington. Inhofe's wife, Kay, suffered what he described as a mild stroke last week, causing him to miss the first day of impeachment trial proceedings, Oklahoma's senior U.S. senator said on Tuesday, Jan, 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh File)
The Associated Press

TULSA, Okla. -- Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe said Tuesday that his wife, Kay, suffered what he described as a mild stroke last week, causing the Republican to miss the first day of impeachment trial proceedings.

Inhofe, 85, told the Tulsa World newspaper his wife of 60 years is "progressing nicely and there was no damage."

Inhofe was back in Washington early Tuesday, but he traded his front row seat for Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner's desk near the cloak room in case he had to leave suddenly.

Speaking by telephone, Inhofe told the paper he expects to vote for Trump's acquittal on the two articles of impeachment brought by the Democratic-led House of Representatives, “in the absence of something I have not heard before.”

Inhofe held the Republican line that the two charges against Trump, obstruction of Congress and abuse of power, are not impeachable offenses. And he brushed aside the nonpartisan General Accountability Office's finding that the administration did in fact break the law by withholding aid to Ukraine.

Inhofe said he'll be listening to the proceedings carefully and doing some research, and that he plans to ask questions when the time for that comes, probably early next week.

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