FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 18, 2019
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CREW Statement on House Vote to Impeach President Trump
Washington- Following the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) Executive Director Noah Bookbinder released the following statement:
“435 Members of Congress took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and discharge the duties of their office. Today 230 Members upheld that oath. This is a day that will be forever taught in our nation’s history books, but it is not a day for celebration. It is a solemn day. The impeachment of a president must be reserved for extraordinary times in which the president’s conduct is so unforgivable that impeachment is the last line of defense for patriots to secure the future of this nation.
In the case of President Donald Trump, it unquestionably is.
Now is not the time for the pundit class to debate political ramifications of this date. It is not the time for cynicism about how the Senate will handle its constitutional responsibilities despite troubling statements from the Majority Leader and others. When the story of today is written for future generations, it will be the story of how for the third time in American history, the House of Representatives took the momentous action to impeach the president. The story of the Trump administration will inevitably be a story of corruption. After three years of self-enrichment, conflicts, and obstruction, the overwhelming evidence that the president pressured a foreign leader to intervene in American elections by announcing politically helpful investigations was, appropriately, the final straw. Today is where three years of corruption led.
For those who love this country and respect the office of the president, then the only option remaining is the impeachment and removal of Donald Trump from that office before he further sullies it and endangers our democracy with his abuses of power. This is a process that is not just allowed by the Constitution; the Constitution expressly mandates it. Congress was given the burden of redeeming the presidency by no longer allowing it to remain in this condition. The House of Representatives has successfully carried out its charge. Now it is time for the Senate to follow.”