McCollum Statement on Vote to Impeach President Trump for Incitement of Insurrection
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) issued the following statement today after the United States House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald J. Trump for incitement of insurrection:
“I was honored to serve as the Presiding Officer in the U.S. House of Representatives for the second impeachment proceedings of a sitting president, which has never happened before in the history of the United States. The debate of such a serious matter was conducted fairly and with a decorum that I hope will guide this legislative body for the rest of the 117th Congress.
“I voted to impeach President Trump for incitement of insurrection. Inspired, encouraged, and supported by the president, last week’s violent attack on Congress was an act of domestic terrorism. The U.S. Capitol building was desecrated and vandalized. Members of Congress, their staff members, Vice President Pence, and those who work in this temple of American democracy were put in danger. The women and men of the U.S. Capitol Police who work every day to protect us were beaten and attacked. Two officers lost their lives as a result of this tragedy.
“Make no mistake, this was a terrorist plot to disrupt Congress and to prevent Congress from performing its duty under the U.S. Constitution to certify the results of the Electoral College. For the safety of our nation, this president must be removed from office before he inflicts more damage to our democracy.”
Congresswoman McCollum submitted an extension of remarks into the Congressional Record, which can be viewed here.