Langevin Speaks on House Floor Ahead of Vote to Impeach Trump

Dec 18, 2019 Issues: Rhode Island, Vote

WASHINGTON - Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) delivered the following remarks on the House Floor in support of H. Res. 755, a resolution to impeach President Donald Trump. A copy of the digital video of the remarks can be provided upon request.

“Madam Speaker, our nation was founded on certain principles. That government should be of, by, and for the people. That a system of three co-equal branches of government would provide the checks and balances necessary to ensure the people’s voices are heard. That no one is above the law.

“Today, sadly, we are voting to impeach President Donald John Trump because he has fundamentally broken his covenant with the American people. In doing so, we are using the powers the Founding Fathers enshrined in the Constitution to address a president who has violated his oath of office.

“The evidence is clear, and the facts are not in question. President Trump has consistently engaged in a pattern of behavior inconsistent with the rule of law. He has undermined the checks and balances we rely on by obstructing Congress at every turn.

“And, most importantly, he has abused his power by using his office to solicit foreign interference in our elections, undermining the will of the people.

“So on this sad day for our nation, I will do what the President has so often failed to do: I will fulfill my oath to support and defend the Constitution, and I will vote in favor of impeachment.”