My vote on impeachment

Yesterday, I voted to impeach President Trump for abusing the power of the Presidency and for waging an unprecedented campaign of obstruction against Congress. 

As elected officials who serve in a position of public trust, we come to Congress to make life better for the American people — to reduce prescription drug prices, to raise wages, to clean up corruption in Washington. We come to serve the public interest, not to advance our own personal or political interests. And importantly, we swear an oath to protect the Constitution and defend our democracy for the people.

Impeachment is not something we seek. It’s a Constitutional remedy of last resort — to protect the checks and balances enshrined by our founders. But when a President violates his oath of office, forsakes the Constitution and betrays the public trust, we are left with no choice but to impeach. 

When it comes to President Trump’s brazen attempt to solicit foreign interference in the 2020 election, the facts are uncontested. Using the power of the Presidency, he coerced the Ukranian government to target his political rivals and announce sham investigations that would benefit his re-election campaign. He ratcheted up the pressure on Ukraine by withholding desperately needed military aid to combat Russian aggression — aid that was approved by a bipartisan majority in Congress. 

Caught red-handed in this scheme, the President responded by orchestrating a cover-up.  He defied subpoenas, withheld documents, and barred officials from testifying before Congress. 

The American people deserve better than this.  As members of Congress, our oath of office calls upon us to protect the Constitution and defend our democracy from all enemies, foreign and domestic. Yesterday, we answered that call.