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President Donald Trump at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, February 23, 2018. (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

Statements on the Impeachment of President Donald Trump

By David Wildstein, January 13 2021 4:53 pm

REP. CHRISTOPHER SMITH

“With just 7 days remaining in his term, today’s highly partisan rush to impeach the President is being done without knowing the whole truth which takes time, effort and serious scrutiny to establish.

Today’s snap impeachment vote alleging President Trump’s ‘incitement of insurrection’ lacks an objective and thorough investigation of the facts.

Astonishingly, there have been no congressional hearings on H. Res. 24—the impeachment resolution–which was only introduced two days ago on January 11th.

The fact that the U.S. Senate won’t even consider the impeachment resolution passed by the House until after the January 20th inauguration begs the question as to why the debate and vote isn’t postponed until we have all the facts.

Our Nation is in desperate need of unity and civility as it prepares for the inauguration of President-elect Biden.

Impeachment of President Trump—without a thorough analysis of the facts which takes time, effort and serious scrutiny to establish—will not in any way help to heal a divided America.

Let me state again that I unequivocally condemn the assault on the Capitol last week and those who committed murder, violence, vandalism and other crimes should be prosecuted to the greatest extent of the law.

We must be committed to zero-tolerance towards violence in any form. I strongly support and have cosponsored H.R . 275 to create a national bipartisan commission to comprehensively investigate the January 6th deadly attack on the Capitol.”

REP. TOM MALINOWSKI

“President Trump mobilized and encouraged a mob that attacked the United States Capitol, and that continues to threaten what should have been a peaceful transition of power between now and the inauguration.  But this is not just about the next few days. This is a message for generations to come, that Americans will not tolerate leaders who use violence and intimidation to usurp our democracy.”

REP. DONALD NORCROSS

“Following the shameful and deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol – the physical embodiment of our democracy – I have upheld my oath to protect and defend the Constitution by voting in favor of the impeachment of President Trump.

“On January 6, 2021, the President of the United States incited an insurrection to deter Members of Congress from finishing our work to certify the outcome of the presidential election and ensure the peaceful transfer of power. Five people died, including a law enforcement officer who gave his life defending our lives and our democracy.

“The President is a clear and present danger to our democracy and to the American people, and whether he has 4 years or 4 days left in office, he will be held accountable.”

NEW JERSEY DEMOCRATIC STATE COMMITTEE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SAILY AVELENDA

“Today’s bipartisan vote to impeach President Trump for the second time should send a clear message to the forces of right-wing extremism that they will never be allowed to incite violence against our democracy without swift and severe repercussions. While it was gratifying to see several Republican lawmakers break from this failed presidency and join the unified Democratic Caucus in holding President Trump accountable, we are absolutely incensed that Jeff Van Drew and Chris Smith were not among them. Both of them had an opportunity to finally stand up against the lies, the calls for violence, the racism, the incompetence and the outright failure that is the Trump Administration, and instead they both again put party and fealty to Donald Trump over country.”

REP. BILL PASCRELL

“Donald Trump is dangerous. He is the greatest internal threat ever to American democracy. Trump sowed insurrection with the intention of overthrowing our democracy and he came too close to succeeding. Trump engaged in treason. I warned in advance of Trump’s first impeachment that ‘The outrages of this administration have not abated, but instead accelerated by a failure to constrain them.’ The world and our country has seen the worst imaginable consequence of failing to constrain Trump. The blood of the dead are on his hands. If his actions are not impeachable, then I fear for the future of our republic. Impeachment, removal, and disqualification of this man is an important and profound action we must take. But it is not enough and when he is out of office, he must be prosecuted for the myriad of crimes he has committed.

“What the world witnessed on January 6 was not spontaneous but a product of too many Republicans lying to the nation for months about the election and spouting Big Lies about our government for decades. They built this Frankenstein which now threatens our democracy. History will condemn their years-long failure to stop Trump’s atrocities, and so too can we today pronounce judgement on their cowardice. Congressional Republicans who defend Trump’s actions have betrayed the Constitution. Had these Republicans been around in 1776 or 1861 or 1941, this nation may not have made it. In the coming days we must decide which of them are unfit to hold office. If we fail to hold Trump and his enablers accountable, America will lurch inexorably down the path of lawlessness and fascism.”

REP. BONNIE WATSON COLEMAN

“A week ago, violent insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol, causing physical damage to the building, threatening the Vice President, Members of Congress and their staffs and killing a U.S. Capitol Police Officer as he bravely fought to keep them at bay. It was an attack on the symbol of our government, the peoples’ Representatives, and our democracy itself.

This attack was encouraged and inspired by the President. It was the culmination of years of divisive and dangerous rhetoric directed at those he saw as political enemies. His actions have proven, again and again, that he is a danger to our country, our democracy, and our way of life.

They cannot go unanswered.  I will be casting my vote via proxy to impeach Donald J. Trump.”

REP. ANDY KIM

“After my vote today, I will go home and explain to my two boys why it was important to impeach the president. It’s a conversation that parents across the country are having right now with their kids; explaining that when someone does something wrong and they violate their oath, there are consequences. It’s a conversation that reminds them that nobody, not even the President of the United States, is above the law. And it’s a conversation that reminds them that our country – the same one that gave their grandparents and parents a chance at a good life – is something worth protecting.

The events of last week have shaken our nation to the core. It is a moment that will define this era and sets a course on the future of this country. We can choose to act and make it clear for future generations that the actions of the President and his supporters will not be tolerated, or we can allow inaction to speak volumes. I have to look my kids in the eye, and my constituents in the eye, and explain that choice. For that, I will always choose standing up for the integrity of the Republic we serve and the protection of the country we call home.”

REP. ALBIO SIRES

“This afternoon, I voted in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump for inciting insurrection against the Government of the United StatesThe words and subsequent actions of the President over the past week have indicated that he refuses totake responsibility for his role in the attack on our nation’s Capitol and the Legislative Branch. He has severely undermined our country’s standing around the world and abdicated his authority to lead the United States. The bipartisan effort to impeach the President is not the result of seeking further discord, but of holding accountable a man who has actively worked against the interests of American democracy by sowing doubts about the legitimate outcome of an election he lost, and inciting a riotous mob to storm the Capitol and prevent Congress from formally confirming the 2020 election outcome.”

“Some of my Republican colleagues have called for unity by letting the President get away with his crimes. I want our country to unify as well, and the best way to ensure that outcome is for those who sought to bring down our democratic institutions to answer for their crimes. My vote to impeach the President for a second time is not one taken with joy, but with a solemn obligation to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution; that is what my colleagues and I did today.” 

REP. DONALD PAYNE JR.

“I just voted to impeach Trump again for his actions to incite an insurrection against America. He’s the worst president America has ever had and needs to be removed immediately. Once he’s gone, we can work to restore America as one nation again with liberty and justice for all.”

REP. FRANK PALLONE

“I voted to impeach President Trump today because he made it clear on January 6, 2021 that he is unfit to serve as President of the United States. The President called on domestic terrorists to come to Washington and encouraged them to attack the Capitol.

As a result, five people are dead, including a Capitol Police officer from New Jersey who was murdered by the President’s violent mob. President Trump’s willful incitement of insurrection poses a clear and imminent threat to our country’s democracy.

The House of Representatives had no choice but to once again fulfill its duty our Founders gave to Congress in the U.S. Constitution. We will not tolerate anyone who seeks to use elected office to willfully support the overthrow of a government for the people and by the people.”

U.S. SEN. BOB MENENDEZ

“This is a solemn moment in our country’s history.

[Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell] must immediately reconvene the Senate and allow us to fulfill our oath. With the Constitution as our guide, we must sit in judgment of the president’s actions. May we all have the courage to put country over party.”

REP. MIKIE SHERRILL

“President Trump disgraced the office of the presidency and American democracy last week by inciting an attack on our Capitol in an attempt to undermine our free and fair elections. If he was a man of integrity and a true public servant, he would resign effective immediately. But he is neither of those things, showing no remorse for the violence and sedition he encouraged against the United States government.

“Last night, I voted yes on Representative Raskin’s legislation which called on Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment. I implored the Vice President to reconsider his position and put our country and our democracy ahead of his loyalty to a President who invited an attack on our democracy.

“Instead, the Vice President chose to shirk his duty to preserve our democracy, and Congress was left with no choice but to impeach the 45th President once again. I applaud the 10 Republicans who joined Democrats in upholding accountability in our democracy.

“My Republican colleagues in the Senate should think long and hard about their constituents, their constitutional duties, and their moral responsibilities, and vote to convict.

“There may be a short time left before the inauguration of Joe Biden, but there is clear reason to believe more chaos is imminent in our nation and Donald Trump will do nothing to stop it – in fact, he encourages it. I will do everything in my power to remove this dangerous man from office and hold to account those in the legislative branch who enable him.”

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