McCollum Statement: Donald J. Trump, Traitor
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement today:
“The House impeachment managers did their jobs effectively by presenting a mountain of evidence, horrific video footage, and Donald Trump’s own incendiary words far in excess of what is necessary to hold him accountable for instigating the insurrection. The American people have no doubt with the evidence presented that as President of the United States, Donald Trump lied about a stolen election. He inspired his supporters to believe the lie and provoked a violent and deadly insurrection against Congress’s constitutional duty of certifying the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Donald Trump violated his oath of office, he used the Office of the President of the United States to rally a mob of domestic terrorists, and he has betrayed one of the cornerstones of our democracy – the peaceful transfer of power. Today, dozens of Donald Trump’s followers sat in the U.S. Senate as jurors and guaranteed his acquittal. This elevates the dangers we face as a nation and the threat to our democracy that they put allegiance to the Trump party over their constitutional responsibility.
“The attack on the U.S. Capitol and the interference in Congress’s duty to certify the election was a dark and dangerous episode that demands the U.S. Department of Justice fully investigate, secure indictments, and seek convictions in a federal court of all involved, including Donald Trump. This is the only way to restore the rule of law in our nation, remove this stain from our democracy, and keep it strong.”