For the second time in thirteen months, Donald Trump has been impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors by the United States House of Representatives.
Voting two hundred and thirty-two to one hundred and ninety-seven, the House agreed to transmit a single new article of impeachment to the Senate. Every Democrat who participated in the vote backed the article, along with ten Republicans who crossed over. Five members of the House did not vote.
Before today, no President of the United States had ever been impeached twice, and only two other presidents had been impeached once (Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton; Richard Nixon resigned before he could be impeached by the House.)
NPI thanks the U.S. House for upholding the Constitution of the United States by impeaching Donald Trump for a second time. It had to be done, and it is done.
We are disappointed that only ten House Republicans found the courage to vote for impeachment after Trump incited an attack on the Capitol.
Nearly two hundred other Republicans chose to stick with Trump despite that, including top House Republicans Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise.
Fortunately, the Democrats held together and stood for the Constitution.
“We must think on what Lincoln told us,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told her colleagues in floor remarks supporting impeachment.
“We, even here – even us here – hold the power and bear the responsibility. We, you and I, hold in trust the power that derives most directly from the people of the United States, and we bear the responsibility to fulfill that oath that we all swear before God and before one another: the oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic, so help us God.”
“We know that we face enemies of the Constitution. We know we experienced the insurrection that violated the sanctity of the people’s Capitol and attempted to overturn the duly recorded will of the American people. ”
“And we know that the President of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion, against our common country.”
“He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love. Since the presidential election in November – an election the President lost – he has repeatedly held about – lied about the outcome, sowed self-serving doubt about democracy and unconstitutionally sought to influence state officials to repeal reality. And, then, came that day of fire we all experienced.”
“The President must be impeached, and, I believe, the President must be convicted by the Senate, a constitutional remedy that will ensure that the republic will be safe from this man who is so resolutely determined to tear down the things that we hold dear and that hold us together.”
“It is indisputable that Donald Trump incited insurrectionists to launch the most deadly and destructive assault on the United States Capitol since the War of 1812,” said U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal in a statement following the vote.
“He told these domestic terrorists — many associated with white nationalist groups — to ‘stand by.’ Then he urged them to ‘fight like hell.’ Next, he proclaimed, ‘we are going to the Capitol.’ ”
“The insurrectionists followed these orders from the President of the United States, and carried out a violent attack on our country with the intent of overtaking Congress, overturning this election and undermining our democracy.”
“We must urgently remove Donald Trump from office to protect our country, our Constitution and our very democracy. We must send a clear message to the President that the United States Congress and the American people will not stand by and allow one man to turn our democracy into an autocracy; that we will not stand by while that man incites insurrectionists to launch a deadly assault on our country. We must hold him accountable.
“Just over a year ago, I voted to impeach this president. My vote was for the Constitution and for ‘We, the People.’ The threat that Donald Trump posed to America then has only continued to escalate.”
“The Senate must immediately vote to convict Donald J. Trump for incitement of insurrection and remove him from office.”
“The assault by pro-Trump extremists on January 6 was not just an attack on the United States Capitol but an attack on the United States and our democracy,” said U.S. Representative Adam Smith. “After President Trump and his supporters spent months spreading lies and propaganda about the election, President Trump’s supporters attempted to stage a coup and overturn the results of our free and fair presidential election and end our democracy as we know it.”
“Everyone involved in this attack must be held accountable, including the President. There is no question that President Trump incited this violence starting with his perpetual lies about the presidential election, encouraging his supporters the morning of the attack, and utterly failing to quell violence and respond sufficiently after the attack had begun.”
“From the beginning, the lies about the presidential election stoked by President Trump and his co-conspirators, including many Republicans in Congress, are not about election fraud but a brazen attempt to hold onto power by any means necessary, even at the cost of lives and our democracy.”
“With only seven days left in office, Trump has demonstrated he is unfit to remain in office a single day longer. Inciting an insurrection in an attempt to maintain power warrants the immediate impeachment of President Trump, also ensuring his disqualification from holding any public office in the future.”
“All Americans who believe in the rule of law and our Constitution must hold President Trump accountable for his actions and I urge my Senate colleagues to convict and remove him.”
“A week ago, an armed mob assaulted the very embodiment of our democracy, the U.S. Capitol, said U.S. Representative Suzan DelBene.
“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 fifty police officers were seriously injured, including fifteen 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.”
“Last week President Trump encouraged an angry mob of his supporters to ‘walk down to the Capitol’ and ‘…fight like hell, and if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.’ He fanned the flames, and then when given the opportunity to ask the violent, seditious mob storming the Capitol to back off and go home, he said he loved them and continued to spread the lies that the election was rigged and that he won,” added U.S. Representative Kim Schrier.
“The President is a danger to our country and a threat to our national security. We had all hoped that Vice President Mike Pence would step up and invoke the Twenty-Fifth Amendment. That would be the most expeditious way to revoke the power of the presidency from Donald Trump. Since Vice President Pence has refused to do this, the House must do its duty and impeach the President. We cannot allow him to hold this office any longer and endanger any more lives. That is why I voted today to impeach President Trump for incitement of insurrection.”