Voters, not Congress, should decide whether President Donald Trump stays in office, U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Harrisonville, said in a statement issued Thursday in response to the first day of impeachment hearings.

Hartzler represents the 24-county Fourth Congressional District, which includes all or part of Boone, Audrain, Cooper, Howard, Moniteau and Randolph counties in central Missouri. She has been a staunch supporter of Trump throughout his presidency, rarely taking sides against him on a major issue.

“We are in the 9th week of this tainted, Soviet-style show trial,” Hartzler said in the new release. “We have clearly seen that Speaker (Nancy) Pelosi and Representative Adam Schiff are more interested in impeaching President Trump at all costs than working on the pressing issues that face our country today. They have unfortunately prioritized overturning the election of President Trump over all other issues facing our country.”

The issues that should be addressed by Congress include healthcare, the economy and the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade, and border security, Hartzler said.

“In less than a year, the American people will once again get to decide President Trump’s political future,” she said. “Disagreements over President Trump’s foreign policy ought to be decided at the ballot box, not in a sham impeachment proceeding.”