McCollum Statement on Star Tribune Inquiry on Impeachment
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), released the following statement today in response to an inquiry from the Star Tribune:
Is Congresswoman McCollum for impeachment proceedings to begin or not?
“Impeachment of a president or federal official is not a single event or action in the U.S. House, but an expansive process of investigation, evidence gathering, and eventually a formal inquiry in which articles of impeachment, effectively charges of wrongdoing, are drafted, debated, and voted on. With regard to President Trump, the impeachment process will allow Congress and the American people the ability to examine and evaluate the evidence related to the president’s conduct, including his ongoing and willful obstruction of justice, tampering with witnesses, and contempt of Congress. I support establishing a formal impeachment inquiry that allows for a thorough, thoughtful, and fully transparent process. I would then expect articles of impeachment to be presented to the House for consideration.”
Does Congresswoman McCollum believe President Trump has committed impeachable offenses?
“In my view, there is sufficient grounds to commence with a formal impeachment inquiry, but I also support the work of House committees to demand more information from the White House and former government officials. Special Counsel Robert Mueller clearly stated that Mr. Trump was not cleared of criminal conduct, but he did state that the president is the only citizen in America who cannot be indicted or prosecuted by the Justice Department for federal crimes. I don’t believe President Trump is above the law. Therefore, the House has the constitutional authority and duty to determine whether this president’s conduct violates the law and his sworn oath of office. Impeachment is a constitutional process to protect our democracy from a dishonest and corrupt leader. If the House refuses to act and instead ignores the president’s criminal, unethical, and abusive conduct because it’s too politically sensitive then Democrats and our democracy will suffer.”
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