DelBene Statement on Second Impeachment of President Trump
Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) issued the below statement following the second impeachment of President Donald Trump.
“A week ago, an armed mob assaulted the very embodiment of our democracy, the U.S. Capitol. This was more than just an assault on a building. It was an insurrection perpetrated against our government to stop Congress from fulfilling its constitutional duty to certify the presidential election results.
“The sitting President of the United States undeniably incited the deadly events of January 6. He summoned his supporters and urged them to attack. During his rallying cry to them earlier in the day, President Trump falsely said, ‘we won this election, and we won it by a landslide.’ He made statements that encouraged and foreseeably resulted in the lawless assault on the Capitol, including ‘if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.’ He later failed to immediately call on his supporters to stop the attack. As a result of these violent actions, five Americans died and 50 police officers were seriously injured, including 15 officers who were hospitalized.
“Today, with my support, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan article of impeachment against President Trump. He violated his oath of office to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. He continues to be a danger to our national security as long as he remains the commander-in-chief. He should be held accountable and barred from holding federal office in the future.
“Some ask why do this now and to that I answer how can we not? It is critical that we hold a president accountable for his dangerous actions. Inaction would be an abdication of Congress’ duty and a failure to uphold our oath of office. We must be a country where no one is above the law.”