Connolly Statement in Support of Articles of Impeachment
Washington, December 18, 2019
Tags: Good Government
Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) delivered the following remarks on the House floor today in support of articles impeachment against President Donald J. Trump:
"Each of us took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. Not to the President. Not to our political party.
Today, history will judge. Did we abide that oath?
To extort a foreign country to investigate your political opponent is an unconstitutional abuse of power. To solicit foreign interference in an American election is an unconstitutional abuse of power.
The need to protect against just such abuses prompted our founders to grant the sole power of impeachment to this House.
The delicate balance of power that underpins our democracy is threatened when a President disregards the Constitution by obstructing Congress to cover up illegal behavior. In doing that, President Trump violated his oath.
Today, we must put country over party. Conscience over complicity. Today, we must assert that no one is above the law. Today, we are summoned by history to do the right thing."
Video of Connolly's remarks can be found here.