Langevin Statement on Commencement of Second Impeachment Trial for Donald Trump

Feb 9, 2021

Warwick, R.I. – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) today issued the following statement regarding the commencement of the second impeachment trial of former President Donald J. Trump for "incitement of insurrection" that led to the siege of the Capitol on January 6, 2021, as Congress held a joint session to count Electoral College votes and affirm Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election:

“After months of persistent and baseless claims that the election was stolen from him, Donald Trump invited his supporters to Washington and provoked them to besiege the Capitol. ‘If you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore,’ he proclaimed. ‘You’ll never take back our country with weakness,’ ‘We’re going to walk down to the Capitol,’ he told the mob of angry supporters, many of whom went on to be insurrectionists and attack police officers, damage a sacred government institution, and terrorize the entire Congressional community. The sole purpose of the chaos and destruction fanned by former President Trump was to interfere with the Constitutional duty of Congress by stopping the count of Electoral College votes and to deny the will of the people who clearly elected Joe Biden as President.

“To keep power, the former President ignited an act of terror that claimed lives and undermined our democratic process. Trump must be held accountable for his actions and his incendiary rhetoric that fueled the violence that unfolded that dark day. The constitution grants the Senate ‘the sole Power to try all Impeachments.’ Republicans cannot shy away from their responsibility, and I sincerely hope they consider the message they will send the American people if they fail to hold him accountable. History will not look kindly upon those who give Trump a pass out of misguided party loyalty. This is not a partisan issue; it’s about fulfilling our oath to the Constitution.

“On January 6, 2021, our government and our democracy were attacked. Blood was spilled and fear overtook our entire nation as then President Trump watched the crowd he had assembled and egged on turn violent. I am certain that my colleagues, including impeachment manager Congressman David Cicilline, will present a strong case to ensure President Trump is held accountable for his reprehensible conduct.”