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McCollum Statement on Announcement of Articles of Impeachment Against President Trump

December 10, 2019
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement today after two articles of impeachment were announced in the U.S. House of Representatives:

“The articles of impeachment announced today by the U.S. House of Representatives fulfill an obligation incumbent upon every Member of Congress to defend the Constitution, protect our national security, and ensure our democracy is not corrupted by a foreign power. For every Member of Congress, holding the President of the United States accountable to the Constitution and protecting our most fundamental democratic values is not a political decision based on loyalty or partisan affiliation. In fact, it is an inherent duty upon which we have sworn a sacred oath. 

“The sole person responsible for precipitating this impeachment process is Donald J. Trump. Mr. Trump’s willful, flagrant, and corrupt misconduct is a betrayal of the public trust. At this historic and sober moment, the American people understand that as a nation of laws there can be no person, not even the President of the United States, who is above the law. Let these articles of impeachment also serve as a clear and unambiguous message to all future presidents: Congress, as a co-equal branch of government, will never tolerate or appease an abusive, corrupt executive.

“With the power granted to the U.S. House under Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution (‘The House of Representatives…shall have the sole Power of Impeachment’), I intend to vote in favor of the resolution to impeach President Donald J. Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors.”