DeGette statement on impeachment of President Trump
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following is a statement from U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), who served as speaker pro tempore and presided over today’s impeachment debate, on the U.S. House of Representatives voting to impeach President Donald Trump:
“This is a sad and solemn day in our nation’s history. None of us came to Congress to impeach a president but, when we assumed office, every one of us took an oath to uphold the Constitution. The evidence shows clearly that President Trump abused his power, put our national security at risk and sought to undermine the integrity of our elections. When he was caught, he tried to cover it up.
“When a president decides to violate the public’s trust by putting their own self-interests ahead of the country’s – as President Trump has done – the House of Representatives has a duty to act. As some of our nation’s top constitutional experts have said, President Trump’s conduct is precisely what our founders feared and it’s why they gave Congress the power to remove a president from office, if necessary.
“No one in this country is above the law; and President Trump, by his own actions, left us no choice but to approve the articles of impeachment against him today.”