Sarbanes Votes to Impeach President Donald J. Trump
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after voting to impeach President Donald J. Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress:
“Today, I voted to impeach President Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. This was a weighty decision. Impeachment is not something you reach for. It is something you are brought to – reluctantly – when the evidence presented can no longer be denied. In this sober and historic moment, members of Congress were called upon to uphold our oath of office and our duty to the Constitution, and we answered that call.”
Congressman Sarbanes also delivered remarks on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives ahead of the historic vote. See below for a video and transcript of the Congressman’s remarks.
“Madam Speaker, I rise today in support of the two articles of impeachment against President Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
“Voting to impeach the President is a weighty decision.
“It is not something you reach for. It’s something you are brought to – reluctantly – when the evidence presented can no longer be denied.
“In this sober and historic moment, Members of Congress are called upon to uphold our oath of office and our duty to the Constitution. Today, we answer that call.
“The President’s actions compromise the national security of the United States, undermine the integrity of our democratic process and betray the trust of the American people.
“In soliciting foreign interference, President Trump took direct aim at the heart of our democracy. The American people should decide our elections, not a foreign country. As long as the President continues to invite foreign interference into our democracy, the integrity of the 2020 election remains at risk.
“The question is: Will Congress allow the President to place his personal interests above those of his country?
“I urge my colleagues in the House to join me in answering that question with a resounding “No” – because no one, not even the President of the United States, is above the law.”